Much has changed for NAHJ in the week since the incident. On August 4, board elections brought in a new president, Hugo Balta, who made sure that NAHJ’s live tweeting policy was on the agenda of his first meeting as president that same day. (Salcedo did not run.) After about 45 minutes of discussion, Balta told CJR, the board voted 6-5 to repeal the live tweeting ban. He personally was in favor of lifting the ban. “I first get all of my news and information through my smartphone,” he said. A board that wants to ban one of the most popular forms of spreading information these days, Balta added, “does not realize that people do not consume news and information the way they used to. Not just 15 years ago, but three to five years ago.”
To demonstrate, Balta took to social media to announce the ban repeal, announcing it from his personal Twitter account.
And Khan, the student who kicked off the furor that led to the policy change, said she learned more than she expected from her work at UNITY. “Everything I learned in my classes I actually experienced in real life,” she said.