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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: The IDS unpublished two opinion columns. Here’s why.

<p>The Ernie Pyle statue is pictured in front of Franklin Hall.</p>

The Ernie Pyle statue is pictured in front of Franklin Hall.

The Indiana Daily Student unpublished two opinion columns in the past week: “OPINION: Why did the IU Islamic Studies Program tweet in support of a Hinduphobic professor?” published March 24, and “OPINION: The IU Foundation casts a dark shadow over campus. Reconsider how you donate.” published April 18. Related social media posts have been deleted.

An internal review conducted by a co-editor-in-chief and four managing editors into these two opinion pieces revealed inconsistencies with journalistic ethics and standards. 

Neither piece reflects the high standards of the IDS due to objective factual inaccuracies, lack of context and unreliable attribution. We regret any harm inflicted as a result of their publication. 

The IDS has addressed these issues with the writers and a senior editor on these two opinion pieces. Additionally, the IDS has identified specific ways to improve the process for opinion pieces moving forward. 

According to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, the national standard for journalistic conduct, journalists have a responsibility to be accountable and transparent. Journalists must “Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly” and “Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.” 

This is an attempt to be accountable to you, our readers, in our pursuit of the truth and service to our community. Thank you for your loyal readership.

Emily Isaacman, co-editor-in-chief

Colin Kulpa, managing editor and fall 2021 editor-in-chief

Jenna Williams, managing editor

Carson TerBush, creative director

Vivek Rao, managing editor of digital

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