Coverage of Charles Murray Protest

In 2017 I helped lead the paper’s coverage of the student-led protests of Charles Murray, who was invited to give a lecture on campus on March 2. My live stream of the protest went viral and my coverage of the event was featured nationally. This is one of the most significant events to occur on Middlebury’s campus in recent history and it’s impact is still being felt to this day. Here, I will chronicle my reporting on the protest, the punishment of students, and how it is still effecting the culture on campus.

Timeline:

March 2, 2017

1. I live streamed the lecture using Periscope and later uploaded the video to YouTube. It currently has over 150,000 views.

1a. A random commenter appropriately condemning my use of vertical video:

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1b. My advisor doing the same:

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1c. And the Middlebury Film Department:

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2. My article in the wake of the event.

March 7, 2017

3. I reflect on what it was like covering the protest for the New York Times Opinion Section’s On Campus blog.

March 9, 2017

4. My report on the Middlebury Student Government Association’s proposal to create an appeals process for future invited speakers.

4b. I contributed reporting to this fantastic feature on the protests by Alex Newhouse and Ellie Reinhardt.

March 13, 2017

5. A longer reflection in the Huffington Post on what it was like covering the protest and what it taught me about Middlebury and the media.

March 27, 2017

Seven Days profiled The Middlebury Campus and wrote about our coverage in the wake of the protest. 

April 12, 2017

6. My report on a proposal by a group of faculty members to change handbook language to reaffirm the college’s commitment to free speech.

April 26, 2017

7. My report, co-written with Alex Newhouse, that the college had officially begun to discipline the protestors.

May 3, 2017

8. A report, co-written with Alex NewHouse, on the beginning of judicial hearings and efforts by the faculty to challenge the judicial process.

9. My report on the SGA’s proposal to change the college’s protest policy and retroactively apply it to the March 2 protests.

May 10, 2017

10. My report on the second wave of Charles Murray protestors being disciplined.

October 18, 2017

11. After The Campus published an article about a student who alleged racial profiling in the wake of the Murray protest, and after a faculty member wrote in a letter to the editor about a faculty member being racially profiled, graffiti condemning the college and labeling it “racist” appeared on campus. Here is my story.

12. I interviewed, along with Nick Garber, former Congressman Barney Frank and for Governor John Sununu about the climate on college campuses and free speech issues.