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August 29, 1967 - Image 50

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Year Legacy of Editorial Freedom Contint


Continued from Page 1)
his brought intense criti-
The Daily-from Regents,
facultyhmembers and
trators. The cr it ic is m
tintense pressure on the
n Control of StudentnPub-
s to "do something" about
Board oversees all student!
tions, including Gargoyle,
tion and the Michiganen-
well as The paily. An in-
ent s t u d e n t association
The Daily in 1890 and in
od it to the Faculty Senate,
had earlier created a Board
rol of Student Publications.
t evolved over time, the
lost its tie to the faculty
came an autonomous body
ng directly to the Regents,
e Board In Control of In-
giate Athletics.
isting today of five faculty
rs, three students, two
and two administrators
ice-presidents for student
and University relations),.
ard has increasingly limited
to overseeing The Daily's
al affairs, avoiding any in-
into Daily editorial policy.
the Board had voted-on
-to ask the faculty for an
igation" into the "proper
e, function and responsi-
of The Daily. Some Board

members viewed it as a chance to
"do something" about the paper,
while others thought it would give
The Daily a vote of confidence
and take some of the pressure off
the Board.
The faculty did eventually
authorize a study of University
communications media but avoid-
ed initiating the type of investi-
gation requested by the Board,
obviously reluctant to step into
the controversy. Thus the pressure

on the Board to "do something"
increased as the day for Daily
senior appointments approached.
Daily senior appointments are,,
in the view of Daily staffers, a
question of editorial freedom just
as much as news and editorial
They generally believe that the
Board's appointments role should
be limited to seeing that the jun-
iors recommended for senior ap-
pointments by the outgoing senior

editors have the requisite 2.0 aver-
age and meet the other empirical
standards set forth.+
But perhaps because senior ap-
pointments have become virtually
the only real control it can em-
ploy--and even though it usually
rubberstamps the seniors' recom-
mendations-the Board generally
says that its role should be more
direct and influential than that.
When the Board had finished
interviewing the juniors recom-
mended for senior positions, Prof.
Luke Cooperrider of the law
school, Board chairman, called the
senior editors into the room and
said that the Board had voted 7-4

eral Board members had suggested
that adding several new elements
to The Daily's Code of Ethics
might serve as a "face-saver" for
the wavering Board members.
Rapoport and Killingsworth
talked over seven of these pro-
posed "additions"-such as an edi-
torial-page spot for faculty and
administration opinion, which had
already been initiated-and Rapo-
port began discussing these with
the three Board members.
Important Developments
There were also three other im-
portant developments before Feb.
! 3 stter legislators andi num-.

discussing, the Free Press editorial, out of The Daily in exchange for victory over the Board--which in
the telegrams and the disclosure Rapoport's appointment. the early 1960's had eventually
about Hatcher all apparently had As the New York Times reporter managed to get the senior editors
the desired effect. there to cover the story later to revise some of their recom-
The Board voted, first 6-5 in a drawled, "There are two schools mendations and in 1943 had
straw poll and then 7-4 in an of thought about those proposals" blocked the appointment of o.e
official tally, to accept Rapoport - the "face-saving" school and junior recommended by the senior'
and the rest of the senior editors' the "concession" school. editors
recommendations. But in a series of hectic meet- Rapoport's rejection was the
Crisis Not Over ings held during the Board meet- first time in the 77-year history
The crisis wasn't entirely over ing, the staff voted to accept of The Daily that the Board had
yet, however. Many Daily staffers Rapoport's suggestion that the rejected the senior editors' recom-
were concerned that the seven staff could vote to accept or reject mendation for Daily editor-in-
proposals submitted to the Board any or all of the proposals at chief. And, Daily staffers contend,
by Rapoport, largely as face- a later staff meeting. it was the first clear-cut defeat
savers, might be construed as con- In the end, most Daily staffers for the Board over appointments
cessions the Board had squeezed considered that they had won a as well.
This Staff MeansBusCiness;
Sales, Circulationt Moulnt


to reject Rapoport as editor-al- erous
thoughhe delinedto sa why-Daily alumni sent telegrams
and added thatit woul osie to Hatcher and Cooperrider, con-
demning Rapoport's rejection and
Rapoport for any other position urging that the Board reverse its
on the senior editorial staff. dcso~
Authorize Strike *eThe Detroit Free Press print-
The Board then adjourned, set- ed a strongly-worded editorial at-
ting another meeting two days tacking the Board, praising Rapo-
later, Feb. 20. nort and ri ging his nintmant.


cokes you'll find that the people
I hn ,flfl11,7p l flfl the nra narp

The Daily staff met continu-
ously until 4:30 the next morning
and several times during the next
three days to discuss what it!
would do if the Board refused to
appoint Rapoport on Feb. 23.I
Finally, it decided to authorize
the senior editors to call a, strike I

It had earlier attacked the pro-
posed faculty investigation of The
Daily in a laudatory editorial
titled, "The Daily Does Its Job."
* The Daily learned from a
high University official that Pres-
ident Hatcher had tried-unsuc-

Killingsworth Rapoport

and shut down publication if nec- cessfully-to get Board Chairman
essary. Cooperrider to block Rapoport. r
At the same time, Daily staffers The Daily then printed the$
and several Board members had story-it appeared the morning of
been. meeting in an attempt to the Board meeting - which
"work something out," as one prompted faculty and studenit
Board member put it. comment highly critical of Hatch-
Rapoport himself had met with er's attempt to manipulate the
three Board members who were supposedly independent board,
known to be wavering in their A combination of Rapoport's'
opposition to him. Moreover, sev- lobbying, the proposals he was

is immaterial

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your hands in the operation of a
$250,000 business. If not, The Mi- year on The Daily is probably the
chigan Daily business staff is an most busy of the four you'll have
opportunity that you cannot pass on the staff. You are now the
by. We run our own business from person responsible fbr the quality
the smallest classified ad to the and type of ad that will run in
distribution of over 10,000 papers tomorrow's paper or the many
to students and faculty across the problems that always seem to
campus and throughout the na- came up in circulation.
tion. Direct Contact
It takes a well-organized starf As a junior, your contacts are di-
of fifty students to do the work on rectly with the people who patron-
the business staff. Publishing The ize The Daily. If you're the kind.
Daily six times a week means that of person that finds all types of
each of those fifty people shares people interesting, then servicing
a large amount of responsibility in the advertising accounts of Ann
his department. As a result' Thw Arbor merchants is your type ofj
Daily is always ready to welcome work. Management in circulation
new faces, and classified brings you and the
Easy Task students of the Univexsity toget.)-
Eemingaaser. Much time is spent over the
Becoming a part of The Daily phone making sure they get their
staff is probably the easiest thing Daily or figuring out why In the
to do-a talk with our personnelDior yidngotwin h
director is all that it takes to be- Senior they didn't get it.
come a nember.- Senior staff positions aren't the
If you should decide The Daly end of the road, for after three
is for you then the ..next few years of listening to seniors make
months will be spent working in decisions the tables are finally
each of our departments as a turned. Now you, along wish the
trainee. Each trainee spends a other five senior managers, can
month in each department, mov- decide what is best for The Daily
ing from circulation to. classified
and then to advertisir~g and serv-
icing in ord:r:that, They may ga1i
acomplete, knowledge of howthe
business staff functions. I !

and then spend a whole year
watching your ideas take effect.
The senior staff focuses around
the business manager: a trainee
just a few semesters ago. He is the
one responsible for the fifty peo-
ple who work on his staff and all
of the decisions that they make.
The Daily's biggest asset isn't
the amount of money that it
makes or its net worth, but the
fact that it is truly an independent
paper--a privilege that not many
other college newspapers share.
During the past 77 years we have
built up assets of $450,000 through
our advertising and subscription
revenue, thus guaranteeing our
financial and editorial indepen-
dence of the University.
The Daily is neither financially
or editorially controlled by the
University's administration o r
journalism departments. This in-
dependence is of prime concern to
the business staff for by continu,
ing and even increasing the reve-
nue of the paper we insure The
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