Bad journalism at core, dean says

Rolling Stone magazine's expose of what it called a culture of sex assaults at the University of Virginia was rife with bad journalistic practice, and "Jackie," the student at the center of the story, is not to blame for the magazine's failures, Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll said Monday.

"We do disagree with any suggestion that this was Jackie's fault," Coll said in New York.

Rolling Stone pledged to review its editorial practices but won't fire anyone after the leading journalism school issued a blistering critique of how it reported and edited a discredited article about an alleged gang rape at the university.

Coll said the problem of sex assaults on campus is important to the public and that journalists should strive to hold institutions accountable. But Rolling Stone failed to apply basic standards such as attributing facts to their sources, and he hopes the entire saga will serve to train future journalists.

Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the center of the article, said it plans "to pursue all available legal action against the magazine."

Associated Press