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Liberty University students create an independent news site

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – Students at the largest evangelical Christian university in the country have started an independent news site where school officials will not have to approve articles.

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that a group of students at Liberty University has initiated the Lynchburg torch.

The new site was headed by student Jack Panyard. He was expelled earlier this year as editor in chief of the school's official newspaper, the Champion of Liberty.

Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. vetoed a student's column focusing on vulgar comments made by Donald Trump of running in the Champion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Falwell is a strong supporter of President Trump and said he pulled the article because it was "redundant" with a pro-Hillary Clinton letter from a medical student to the editor on the opinion page.

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