I picked up my school newspaper's latest edition this morning, because there was an article on the status of the same-sex marriage laws in Canada (new government = potentially big problems). In addition to that particular piece, I noticed that apparently the editors had decided that since Valentine's Day was coming up, an article on safer sex would be a good idea. Unfortunately, almost all of the information presented was wrong.
So, I started thinking. The newspaper gets read by quite a large portion of the student body, and I had this idea that a series of safer-sex articles would be really useful. Maybe some input from the doctors at the campus health clinic, possibly answering some questions sent in by students. I know I have to talk to the editors of the paper and possibly the university administration (*gulp*) but I just wanted some feedback first on whether you guys thought this was worthwhile, and how to possibly go about this so it doesn't come across as "Oh my gosh, you guys are idiots, I can't believe you let a piece like this get published!". Thanks for any advice/information you can give me. (I've never done anything like this before, so I'm quite clueless.)
[This message has been edited by karybu (edited 02-10-2006).]
I'm not sure there's any getting around saying there was misinformation if there was some. So, I'd suggest instead just focusing on the importance of ACCURATE information.
Mind, you can do that just with a letter to the editor, which they'd probably publish: that gets you out of having to have that conversation altogether, if you wanted to play it that way.
Otherwise, I'd just suggest what you have here, saying your intent is to do what you can to help be sure accurate information IS given, and that you could pool some good resources to do so. Heck, even among our staff here you could have plenty.
Thanks for the help! I appreciate it - misinformation just bugs me no end, especially when it's about something this important, so I really appreciate the suggestions.
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