Two reporters for The Breeze, the twice weekly student newspaper at James Madison University in Virginia, have been charged with trespassing.
They were conducting interviews in at a campus dormitory about an alleged peeping tom incident when they were confronted by the dorm supervisor. It is sad, though hopefully educational, that these young reporters have to face so early on the challenges – and potential dangers – of confronting authority.
This is a case where professional reporters in the region would do well to come to their aid by reporting on what’s going on. One suggestion: Put in an open records request for all trespassing charges filed in the last two years on campus. I suspect this case would stand out as being usually sedate.
It might also be helpful to point that Madison, the main architect of the U.S. Constitution once said, that “popular government without popular information is a prelude to a farce…” Something to ponder.