“A Wand to Conduct Some Thunder”

August 20: The modern student newspaper is both a “haven from the tempest” and “a wand to conduct some thunder.”


So says Washington City Paper at the start of an amusing, more-comprehensive-than-normal profile of six student newspapers in greater Washington D.C. One other portion worth sharing: “Real newspapers are losing readers by the minute, especially those labeled ‘college-aged.’  Yet amid the industry death march its farm system thrives. . . . [T]here’s still no better place for the misfit freshman yearning to be relevant and ‘make a difference.’  Take a closer look at those freshmen, and you see the character of journalism at its formative stage. You see future staffers of the New York Times, the Washington Post, or, if they prefer poverty, Washington City Paper.”


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