CNM's newspaper suspended - Albuquerque Journal

CNM’s newspaper suspended

Central New Mexico Community College has temporarily suspended its student-run newspaper, The CNM Chronicle, following the publication of an issue devoted to sex.

To see the issue of the newspaper

College officials say the suspension is not entirely due to the most recent issue, but because of a long-standing concern over the oversight and content of the weekly newspaper.

But Jyllian Roach, editor-in-chief, said the issue hit the newsstands Tuesday and six hours later, she and other staff members got a call to meet with the dean of students.

“All we know at this time is they thought it was ‘raunchy’ and that was it,” she said.

The issue includes a how-to on using sex toys, stories on sex classes and practices, a “favorite sexual position” feature, contacts for sexual resources and an article on abstinence.

“It’s a sex issue but it really focuses on education,” Roach said, adding that there’s no nudity or curse words.

College officials say they hope the newspaper is up and running again by the summer term following an evaluation of the paper’s structure and oversight.

A statement from the college reads:

“CNM does not have a journalism program, which has limited the college’s ability to provide the education and training that students need to appropriately operate a newspaper that is distributed to a student body of nearly 30,000. CNM is going to re-evaluate how students can be trained, educated and supervised in operating a widely disseminated student newspaper.”

A spokesman added that the college funds the newspaper. Students who work on it receive work-study money. They will be assigned other jobs on campus while the paper is suspended.

“The current issue was part of an ongoing pattern of concern with the content,” said Brad Moore, CNM spokesman. He declined to elaborate with examples of past concerns over content.

An attorney for the Arlington, Va.-based Student Press Law Center said he believes the college cannot legally shut the paper down. The fact that the college funds the newspaper is “irrelevant,” said Adam Goldstein, attorney advocate, adding that the college is a public institution.

“When you’re the government, you’re always subject to the First Amendment,” he said.

He added: “It sends a really adverse message in that you have to read the mind of your administration and try not antagonize them.”
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal

Home » News » Albuquerque News » CNM’s newspaper suspended


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Man arrested in suspected gang-related homicide in May
ABQnews Seeker
Victim shot while in car at ... Victim shot while in car at In and Out off Central
2
FBI looking for man who robbed Sandia Casino
ABQnews Seeker
The FBI and the Sandia Police ... The FBI and the Sandia Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Sandia Resort and Casino on Friday night. Frank Fisher, ...
3
Court records show murder suspect worked for DEA
ABQnews Seeker
Man charged in shooting death was ... Man charged in shooting death was confidential informant for federal agency
4
City sponsors Friday nights for teens
ABQnews Seeker
Each event is geared for kids ... Each event is geared for kids age 12 to 19
5
APD seeks help identifying teen girls killed
ABQnews Seeker
Two young women die in suspicious ... Two young women die in suspicious crash near Central and Tingley
6
California man sentenced to 11½ years
ABQnews Seeker
Fatal shooting occurred after night of ... Fatal shooting occurred after night of drinking
7
County appoints interim MDC chief
ABQnews Seeker
Otero Gonzales has 25 years' experience ... Otero Gonzales has 25 years' experience in the corrections field
8
APD lieutenant fired in scandal reinstated
ABQnews Seeker
Accusations of overtime abuse led to ... Accusations of overtime abuse led to firing in November last year
9
West Side town house declared total loss after Friday ...
ABQnews Seeker
An under construction town house on ... An under construction town house on Albuquerque's West Side was declared a total loss after catching fire early Friday. Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to ...