On the journalism school's Talk Politics blog, retired political reporter Leroy Towns writes that the Edwards' campaign demanded a student journalist take down a video she had posted on YouTube about Edwards' campaign headquarters in Southern Village.
The segment had been produced for the school's Carolina Week television program, but student Carla Babb posted it online as an entry in an MTV contest.
Edwards staffers then tried to convince the professor to kill the story. He declined.
Towns writes the experience was instructive:
The Carolina Week staff learned the importance of standing their ground against a disgruntled source, even when that source is a candidate for president. PR students saw firsthand how a public relations mistake can turn a small non-story into a potential national story. Very instructive.