Rolling Stone magazine has decided to enlist the Columbia Journalism School to audit its handling of a discredited Nov. 19 story about rape on the campus of the University of Virginia, according to a just-released statement from Editor and Publisher Jann S. Wenner, which reads as follows:
It’s unclear at this point what prompted Rolling Stone to bring in the Columbia Journalism School. When asked about that matter, Coronel suggested that the Erik Wemple Blog ask the magazine.
As to when the review would be completed, Coronel said that she and Coll will be cranking on it over the holidays but they don’t have a deadline. Work on the audit commenced just a few days ago, says Coronel. Key facts about the report:
*Columbia Journalism School was approached by Wenner about this project, says Coronel — not the other way around.
*Rolling Stone has already turned over “a lot of files” to the Columbia Journalism School team, which includes a researcher as well as Coll and Coronel. “They’ve given us the interviews, the e-mail, a lot of other things,” says Coronel. “We have a lot.”
*The Columbia Journalism School team will conduct interviews with Rolling Stone personnel involved in the story. It’s not yet clear who or how many.
*The report that results from the audit will be released to the public via the Rolling Stone website, and a smaller version will appear in the print version of the magazine, says Coronel.
*Coronel and Coll will not be paid for their efforts. “We’re doing it on our own time,” says Coronel.
*The ambit of the study covers the “reporting and editorial decision-making process,” says Coronel. When asked whether that means it’ll examine the text of the story in detail, Coronel wasn’t sure. “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet,” she said.