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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.

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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