Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Winston-Salem State Students Question Blair's Appearance

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Winston-Salem State Students Question Blair's Appearance

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

Some Winston-Salem State University students are questioning the school's decision to bring disgraced journalist Jayson Blair to campus to speak.

Ebonee Russell, a senior and a reporter for The News Argus, the historically Black university's newspaper, said she was bothered that WSSU is one of the few schools that invited Blair to campus.

"What kind of role model is he? What kind of example is he setting for the students here?" Russell asked. "If I had a choice, he wouldn't be my first choice."

Blair resigned from The New York Times last year after dozens of fabrications and examples of plagiarism were discovered in his stories over an eight-month period.

The scandal eventually led to the resignations or Howell Raines, the newspaper's executive editor, and Gerald Boyd, the managing editor.

Blair's Web site lists only one other college appearance--in October he is to speak at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md.

Blair began a series of appearances in the winter after publishing a memoir, Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at The New York Times. …

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