College Media Story Ideas: Vampires, Zombies & Sex

Forget Soundsliding, podcasting, vlogging, geotagging, and a-Twitterin’. New media tools are important, but without kick-ass content Journalism 2.0 is still deader than Cuba Gooding Jr.’s acting career (seriously, what happened to him?). Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with idea.

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Below is a brief list of what I’ve found to be timely, pertinent, and interesting recent reports from student and professional media that I hope you might be able to localize, adapt, or otherwise draw inspiration from for story ideas of your own:

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SEXUAL FAD: According to The Indiana Statesman, thanks to the film “Twilight,” biting has become more popular than ever as a sexual pastime among students. “Some people have gotten so caught up in the fantasy that they have gotten their teeth sharpened, sometimes for a sexual stimulation,” the Statesman columnist wrote. What do students on your campus have to say? What other sexual (and abstinent) pursuits are currently en vogue?

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CAMPUS ZOMBIE TAG: A three-year old modified game of tag caused trouble recently at Washington State University. According to The Daily Evergreen, “Humans versus Zombies is a tag game pitting students as humans and zombies against one another . . . The difference between HvZ and a typical game of tag is that humans are allowed to shoot Nerf guns to protect themselves from zombies. The use of Nerf guns is what concerned some university administrators.” Does this game or others like it occur on your campus? What other offbeat or new media activities are taking place after hours that past collegians only wish they could re-enroll to enjoy?

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PAST PRESIDENTS SOCIETY: There’s been a lot of talk in the mainstream press recently about how Bush plans to spend his post-presidential years. What about ex college presidents? What are the presidents emeriti and other former high-level admins. at your school up to these days? And, living or dead, which college prez. enjoyed the most active post-presidential career in your school’s history?

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SHORTER SHOWERS?: A great Boston Globe piece focuses on a social experiment at the University of Rhode Island attempting to inspire students to cut down on 30 energy-wasting behaviors, including long showers and keeping their computers on overnight. How do students on your campus fare with their own climate-change behaviors? And what are administrators doing about it, beyond simply installing energy-efficient lighting?

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ANTI-SEMITIC FACEBOOK GROUPS: A scandal in Australia is centered on Facebook groups started by students that appear anti-Semitic, with a message on one stating “F— Israel and Their Holocaust Bullshit”. (The students say it was a joke.) What are some of the more controversial or outrageous Facebook groups started by students at your school?

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3 Responses to “College Media Story Ideas: Vampires, Zombies & Sex”
  1. Jon says:

    Nice,

    These ideas are amazing. One of our photographers recently captured some pictures of students who “LARP” on our Union Mall.

    Yeah, we’ve got some photos on Facebook.

  2. Derek says:

    WSU has had some trouble getting (in most peoples opinion) a fairly innocent game of zombie tag going in light of the recent shootings that have occurred on campus. The reasoning that they gave was it is a war game and WSU cannot be seen sponsoring something like that. BUT… Halo 3 is paid for by the university so that students can play it at our Union Building. Wait, what?

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