You know what they say about opinions. That old adage especially rings true with the University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, where viewpoints have been flowing faster than vetoes from the governor’s office.
It all started when The Daily’s editorial board, under the guidance of Editor William W. “Tres” Savage III (a former Oklahoma Gazette intern), published “Our view: College strays from teaching meaningful journalism” on May 1.
If it would’ve been April 1, readers might’ve thought the opening sentences were just a joke: “We wonder what OU President David L. Boren, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Dean Joe Foote and the Gaylord family expected us to write today concerning Tuesday’s Gaylord College Phase II expansion. We wonder if they anticipated a ‘Thank you, oh mighty Gaylord family, for bestowing your millions of dollars for our journalism college.’ If they did, we’re sorry to have to disappoint them.”
The editorial claimed that journalism isn’t prioritized and that the newspaper’s absence from Gaylord Hall represented larger systemic issues. The editorial also argued the GaylordCollege is hindered by funding shortfalls and “a great vapidity” hidden within a fantastically beautiful building. It also questioned why the college failed to offer pagination classes for print journalism majors.
Finally, after categorically dissing the other Gaylord College majors of public relations (“the opposite of journalism”) and professional writing (“a farce”), it fired this parting salvo: “The fact is that both the college and Student Media are in a consistent budget crunch, and when $19 million becomes available for journalism, it’s slightly disgusting to watch a bunch of corporate suits and grinning old men feebly poke OU shovels into the ground for a photo-op.”
Ouchie. The following day, Gaylord Dean Foote added his two cents via a letter to the editor.
“Hundreds of successful professionals in all areas of journalism trace their lineage to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and The Oklahoma Daily,” Foote wrote. “The opinion of an editorial board at the end of a term will not change that. The faculty of the GaylordCollege is committed to sustaining and strengthening its relationship with Student Media and the quality of education we provide to our students.”
A moment of personal disclosure: CFN intern Bucky is an undistinguished graduate of the GaylordCollege. He quotes Rodney King with this question for OU journalists: “Why can’t we all just get along?”