In a letter to York Vision, scores of former and current students, including current and former officers of University of York Students’ Union (YUSU), blasted the recent quality of the University of York student newspaper York Vision and called for its deratification.
In a letter addressed to York Vision, current and former students have lambasted the journalistic practices of the latest edition and said it was “latest in a line of irregularly printed, sub-standard editions of York Vision.” The most recent edition featured a back page asking readers to ‘send nudes’, with the letter calling it “a disgusting, tone-deaf suggestion”, and referring to the possible illegal ramifications of such a submission platform, such as the submission of child pornography and revenge pornography.
The back page itself was also picked up by a number of national news outlets including The Times, The Sun, and Metro. The letter says that because of this national coverage, the name of the University and its associated student media outlets are also brought into disrepute. Harming students that are looking for work experience or employment opportunities for students looking to work in the media industry.
The letter also calls into question how much of the edition was signed off by YUSU. While YUSU claim they did not sign off on the back page, the letter claims that much of the content that they see as “problematic” would have been signed off by YUSU staff, and call it “lax approach to the established framework out of a desire by the Union to enable publication.”
The signatories of the letter so far include current editors of The Yorker, former and current editors of Nouse and The Lemon Press, former editors of York Vision, several former and current officers of YUSU, several committee members of a wide range of University of York societies, and many other students.
York Vision and representatives of YUSU have been contacted for comment.