What’s Really Happening on College Campuses, According to Student Journalists

ACTIVISM, 13 May 2024

Catherine Kim | POLITICO Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

Leaders of campus news organizations were asked to set the record straight about campus unrest, antisemitism and what the media is getting wrong.

3 May 2024 – Over 50 schools. Nearly 2,000 arrests. One canceled graduation ceremony — so far.

We’re in the midst of the most widespread campus unrest since the 1960s, sparked by the war between Israel and Hamas. Over the last two weeks, campus protests have escalated, with pro-Palestinian tent encampments set up in public spaces, triggering counterprotests and, on more than 30 campuses, clashes with police.

With so many incidents taking place in so many places, it’s hard for anyone to grasp what’s really happening at America’s universities right now. So POLITICO Magazine reached out this week to top student journalists, who have been reporting on the turmoil at the ground level for weeks and months. As neutral observers able to interact with all sides, they can provide unique insights, even as they watch friends get arrested or worry if their graduation ceremonies will even take place.

Over email and phone calls the past week, editors-in-chief of campus publications from 13 different colleges and universities told us how support for Palestine has surged over the last seven months, how their peers define antisemitism and what the political consequences of these protests might be. They come from a wide variety of campuses all over the country, but collectively, the group painted a picture of students fighting to be heard by leadership — both on campus and nationally.

This conversation has been compiled from email responses and phone interviews and edited for length and clarity.

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