Note: This response to the Aug. 21 Foghorn staff editorial was sent on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
To the editorial board of the USF Foghorn:
We would like to thank you for your article this week regarding the ASUSF funding process. We understand that having more time between print publications has placed some limitations on your traditional operations. However, we were encouraged to see that you are continuing to publish the content you see fit and we hope the additional time provided between issues will allow you
to develop your editorial techniques and to innovate your online presence.
In your article, you claimed you were being hindered in carrying out your ethical code which guarantees journalists “a freedom of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know”. Despite your claims of censorship levied since the budget hearings in April, Senate has never attempted to or indicated that we would limit or edit the position taken by, or the content of the Foghorn. However, we have always attempted to be clear that we were interested in the quality of the reporting and production. By the very fact that you have published this article in your first edition of the year, you have proven that we have no say in what you publish. You will face no financial repercussions for publishing this article in opposition to our funding policies. The sole purpose of the evaluation process is to address editing oversights, inaccuracies, and readership expansion. The proposed evaluation process is meant to be a time of reflection and growth about the expanding role of the Foghorn in the USF community.
The decision about the Foghorn was not taken lightly. In fact, the newspaper was given additional attention by both the ASUSF Senate Finance Committee and ASUSF Senate during the appeals and final budget approval processes in order to better understand all aspects and opinions of the debate.
The members of ASUSF Senate are representative of the entire undergraduate student body. It is in the interest of these students that agencies of the university, including the Foghorn, represent the students well. We are all expected to be fastidious in our professionalism and eager to learn in our positions to not only better ourselves, but the organizations we work for at the university.
The ASUSF Senate Executive Board