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Newsworthiness threshold (interview)

In Hungary, the ownership structure of some core universities is about to change. These institutions were managed by the state for several decades, but now there is a government incentive to give them away to foundation control.

The University of Szeged (with a ~22000 strong student-body) decided about this yesterday, and its Senate conditionally approved the change, but due to language barriers and lack of English coverage, this would be hard to cover here in time. The way to go would be an interview.

The university management is notorious for being unavailable to the press, and so are the elected student representatives. Would an interview with a self-organized student activist group (a member of them) be enough to cover this? I mean, since this person is not in a decision-making position, he is just an outside observer. How deep could an interview with him go into his opinions about the structural change? - Xbspiro (talk) 01:41, 30 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Xbspiro: Some thoughts.
  • One would want an introduction that explains the situation quite well.
  • The introduction should make very clear what the interviewee is and what they aren't.
  • It would seem to make sense (unless there's something I'm failing to understand about the context of the situation) to request an interview from one of the other parties you mention who are notorious for being unavailable to the press.
  • I see no problem going into depth with such an interviewee; if their views are of interest, they're of interest.
--Pi zero (talk) 02:47, 30 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A small update: the Parliament voted about the matter a few hours ago. English language coverage is sparse at the moment, but I will keep my eyes peeled. - Xbspiro (talk) 15:04, 27 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]