Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report
An anatomy of a journalistic failure
As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong, we decided the only responsible and credible thing to do was to ask someone from outside the magazine to investigate any lapses in reporting, editing and fact-checking behind the story. We reached out to Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter himself, who accepted our offer. We agreed that we would cooperate fully, that he and his team could take as much time as they needed and write whatever they wanted. They would receive no payment, and we promised to publish their report in full. (A condensed version of the report will appear in the next issue of the magazine, out April 8th.)
This report was painful reading, to me personally and to all of us at Rolling Stone. It is also, in its own way, a fascinating document — a piece of journalism, as Coll describes it, about a failure of journalism. With its publication, we are officially retracting ‘A Rape on Campus.’ We are also committing ourselves to a series of recommendations about journalistic practices that are spelled out in the report. We would like to apologize to our readers and to all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout, including members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and UVA administrators and students. Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses, and it is important that rape victims feel comfortable stepping forward. It saddens us to think that their willingness to do so might be diminished by our failings.
Will Dana, Managing Editor
Read more: Rolling Stone – What went Wrong
Twitter Responds to Rolling Stone ‘Rape on Campus’ report
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) April 5, 2015
The report on that Rolling Stone article seems to suggest its editors agree it was a systemic failure but don't want to change any systems.
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) April 6, 2015
basically everyone's response when I tell them of the above:http://t.co/1sYvYN7HPi
— andrew kaczynski ? (@KFILE) April 6, 2015