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California Watch stands behind Stanford class list story


California Watch, and our parent organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting, stands by the reporting of Stanford students who produced under our direction a story about a class list distributed to Stanford athletes – a list of classes that some student athletes were quoted describing as “easy.” These students are enrolled in an investigative reporting class at Stanford. Soon after they began asking Stanford administrators about the "courses of interest" list, the university discontinued it.

It took a lot of courage for the students to produce this story, knowing that it was going to cause controversy within the Stanford community – a community they are very proud to be a part of.

Some of the athletes and faculty quoted in the piece have contended in letters, e-mails and discussion boards that they were misquoted or misled by student journalists. We are reviewing these concerns. But we believe the journalism students acted professionally and responsibly in reporting a fair, balanced and accurate story.


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reportingethics's picture
It would be nice if a paper dedicated to "revealing injustices" would have the ethical standards that they demand of others and report about if they don't. California Watch is aware of unethical behaviour by the reporters who published the Stanford article but because it was a sensational story for them, are hesitant to publish a retraction. It appears to me this would be considered an injustice to those unfairly quoted or demeaned in the article.

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