Conservative Paper Launch Delayed by University

Boston Globe:

A new conservative student newspaper, which bills itself as not for
''the faint of heart," hit a snag during its debut this week at
Northeastern University.

Students running the Northeastern Patriot
distributed about 2,000 copies on Monday, then received a call from
university officials cautioning them that they had to register as a
student organization before distributing another issue or change the
paper's name. The university requires groups with Northeastern in their
name to register.

The first issue of the Northeastern Patriot
featured editorials denouncing illegal immigrants, quotes from
Republican leaders, and a picture of students at an antiwar protest
titled, ''peace Nazis." A note in red at the bottom of the front page
warned: ''This publication is printed for a conservative-minded
audience and is not recommended for the easily offended, the narrow
minded, or the faint of heart. God bless America!"

Students
working on the independently run publication said they are worried that
university officials are singling them out for printing views that
could be considered unpopular on a campus where students often wear
anti-Bush pins and hold rallies in support of gay rights. University
officials, however, said they are not censoring the paper and simply
want the new publication to follow university rules.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013