The nation’s largest Christian university has started their own independent news site. The articles will not be approved by university officials.
The news site, the Liberty Torch, has been started by a group of students at Liberty University. Jack Panyard, a student, initiated the creation of the news site, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance.
Panyard was dismissed as editor-in-chief of the university’s official newspaper, the Liberty Champion after tensions came to a head over the summer with university officials and Panyard’s oversight.
The university’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., denied a student’s column which focused on obscene comments made from President Donald Trump in the Champion during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Falwell, known to be a strong supporter of Trump, removed the article because it was “redundant” with another student’s pro-Hillary Clinton letter to the editor on the opinion page.
Panyard and his co-editors said they encountered related issues during their time as reporters and editors at the Champion and wanted to create a new platform without Liberty University’s “bumper rails.”
Falwell wrote in a conservative news outlet, Newsmax, that he did not censor the students’ work, but wanted to make sure the students were not replicating the same content.
The new site’s focus, The Torch, looks to tackle controversial topics which they feel the students of Liberty University have a higher interest in reading.