NYU, Let Us Come Back to Work

We don’t want to strike, but we are. We don’t want to resign, but if changes aren’t made, we must.

Matthew Fischetti and Trace Miller

Forty-three of our former colleagues resigned Monday, Sept. 28, over transphobic and racist rhetoric, poor work conditions and the Advisory Board’s failure to heed demands to make us a student-led newspaper independent in more than name. 

We didn’t resign — not because we disagree with our colleagues about reforming the workplace and protecting our former coworkers, but rather because we believe in staying on and fighting for those necessary changes.

Embedded below you will find a letter we sent to all listed faculty professors, department heads and distinguished writers in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. We sent the letter Monday night; we received a reply from an Advisory Board member, but have yet to receive a reply from the chair of the journalism department regarding our requests.

This afternoon, we sent a response to the member of the Advisory Board, as well as to the director of the journalism department. We quote our demands:

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We believe it would be beneficial for [the former managing editor and the two remaining desk editors] to meet with WSN’s current Advisory Board and the director of the journalism department to further discuss the remaining editors’ requests and our resigned coworkers’ demands.

“We would like to meet before Friday, if possible, and we would like to have tentatively scheduled that meeting by later tonight.

“Thank you very much for your patience.”

We have yet to receive a reply.

We have discontinued production until we have entered into further negotiations with the Advisory Board and the journalism department and created policies to ensure that WSN is a professional publication with a healthy work environment. Since we received a reply from one Advisory Board member regarding our requests, we are staying on at WSN until we’ve entered into further negotiations, or until the end of Friday. 

If we have not entered into further negotiations by the end of Friday, we will resign. While it is necessary for WSN to continue its coverage of NYU and New York City, we can only do so when WSN is rebuilt the right way.

Signed, 

Matthew Fischetti, News Editor

Trace Miller, News Editor

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11 COMMENTS

  1. NYU shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists. I hope you all fail to obtain employment once you graduate – no way I’d ever hire people as immature as you.

    I really wish NYU stopped over-indexing on unimpressive trust-fund kids, and let in more middle class and poor kids who actually had to overcome adversity and would stop doing stupid shit like this every year.

    • Actually something like 20% of NYU students are on Pell grants and the university has some of the highest levels of student debt in the U.S. Definitely not all ‘trust fund kids’. As far as doing stupid shit like this year – this is unprecendented. I can’t even imagine what a toxic environment this academic must have created that 43 staffers quit simultaneously.

      SIde note, I feel sorry for anyone who works for someone like yourself; I can’t imagine what your employees say about you behind your back, I’m guessing it’s not pretty if this comment is reflective of your workplace ethics.

  2. You all were told to “focus on objectivity, as opposed to feelings, before stating your legal argument” by your advisor when writing an article. This is necessary because 1) news stories need to be objectively told 2) you wanted to publish something that would’ve gotten you sued for libel.

    Instead of acting like journalists, you all had a mental break down and acted like children. Shame on you. Hope you are all replaced. NYU is a laughing stock of the country because of you right now. Even left wing sites like Jezebel are laughing at you.

  3. Ridiculous. These pseudo-journalist parasite types are the typical wreckers in our country. By the way, I’m neither a “Republican”, nor, heaven forbid, a “Conservative”. I just really, really hate BS and I call it out whenever I see it.

  4. Please do not let this team return and hire teams that follow basic journalist standards and have the emotional maturity to take criticism.

    How the hell are these kids going to survive in the real world? Makes me ashamed to be an alumni.

  5. Crazy that an entire staff resigns and somehow it’s still your fault. No one should have to put up with a toxic and abusive work environment, especially not in 2020. Good for you guys.

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