We defend our writer

Ciara Mims, Editor-in-Chief of The Famuan. Photo courtesy Ciara Mims

The Famuan is the student voice of Florida A&M University. It gives aspiring journalists a platform to tell stories, and in the case of the Opinions section, it gives students a place to voice their own points of view. 

Those opinions are not a reflection of the opinions of The Famuan staff or the university. But we support and encourage freedom of speech.

The Famuan was not created with the intention of providing positive publicity for the university; We would be doing ourselves a disservice if that were the case. Public figures who are recognized by the Rattler community will always be relevant at The Famuan. Thousands of stories can be found online at www.thefamuanonline.com about Rattlers and the Tallahassee community.

This was not the first controversial story to be published by The Famuan and it surely won’t be the last.

This was an experience. Next time we will be more diligent at our jobs, however. A total of three edits were made to better reflect the writer’s opinion. 

But this newspaper is a learning laboratory, and we are not above correction or criticism. It is a practicum experience that provides students an opportunity to use what they have learned in a real-world setting. 

Members of The Famuan staff have been subjected to heinous messages over the last few days concerning a sports writer’s opinion, and our future in journalism, rather than the inaccuracies that have since been revised. He has a right to his opinion and grounds to talk about it. 

For those who are concerned about the journalistic futures of the students of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, we have bright futures ahead of us. SJGC alumni, who once wrote for The Famuan now work at The New York Times, CNN, Oprah Winfrey Network, CBS, and ESPN, to name a few immediately recognizable media companies. 

Please continue to support The Famuan as we publish online daily, and look for our next print edition on Feb. 5. In addition to opinion articles, we publish news, sports and lifestyles stories.