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College Spin Machines On Rise Nationwide — Prime Examples at UNH, Keene State, Harvard

Spending on public relations and communications is soaring at colleges and universities in the United States, leading to aggressive pushing of questionable story lines, homogenization of comments, and limitations on access to information.

At the University of New Hampshire, the public relations office cooked up a flimsy association between a retired librarian who left $4 million to the university and college football to justify using $1 million of the bequeathal on a scoreboard.

At Keene State, administrators tried to keep student reporters from having direct access to school officials. Harvard’s spin machine has also been tightening up the university’s control of the narrative, according to Student Press Law Center.



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