The Daily Tar Heel — the independent student paper at the University of North Carolina — cleared off page one today for an editorial asking for reform of how sexual assault cases are handled on campus.

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Design and graphics editor Kevin Uhrmacher tells me:

I designed with page with visual managing editor Allie Russell. Design and graphics staffer Allie Knowles assisted with the page.

The front page edit is such a strong statement in itself that I didn’t want the design to get in the way.

In his blog, editor-in-chief Andy Thomason explains why the DTH put the editorial on page one today:

Every once in a while it seems appropriate to move an opinion of great relevance and importance to the front page (though very rarely — editorial production manager Stacy Wynn tells me he can’t recall such an editorial in his 28 years at the DTH).

… The controversy surrounding sexual assault has dominated our pages for months. The first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month seemed an opportune time to release the conclusion of a discussion had in meetings of the editorial board for many weeks: how to most effectively and honestly fix a system that is the subject of two federal investigations. Especially at a time when the University is eagerly soliciting ideas, we wanted to make sure our voice was heard.

Find a collection of the Daily Tar Heel‘s work on this topic here.

Over the years, we’ve seen a few page-one editorials in non-student papers:


From left:

  • Dec. 5, 2008 – Detroit (Mich.) Free Press on a bailout for the auto industry

  • May 2, 2010 Phoenix Arizona Republic on immigration reform
  • Nov. 8, 2011 – Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News on the Penn State sex abuse scandal
  • April 22, 2012Sioux City (Iowa) Journal on bullying