The professionalism of Maryland's student newspapers

Friday, March 18, 2011; 6:56 PM

While trying to make a point about sports coverage in The Post, Chuck Hadden chose a most unfortunate and offensive phrase when he stated, "The Post needs to remember that tens of thousands of its readers follow U-Va. and don't appreciate an article that is too one-sided even for Maryland's student newspaper" [Free for All, March 12].

Student newspapers published at the University of Maryland at College Park - the Diamondback, Mitzpeh and Eclipse - do not engage in "one-sided" journalism on any level at any time. These excellent publications practice what all such respected entities practice - fair, balanced, objective journalism based on a firm foundation of research, fact-checking, shoe-leather reporting, documentation, sourcing and interviews.

If there is a scandal or hard-news element pertaining to any area of news coverage, including sports, these newspapers report on such issues objectively and are certainly not "one-sided."

Matt Neufeld, Greenbelt

The writer is a member of the board of directors of Maryland Media Inc., which publishes the Diamondback, Mitzpeh and Eclipse at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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