College Journalism ICONN Makes Conference Debut

Online student journalism at the college level now has the beginnings of a nationwide advocate and Internet connection: ICONN, the Intercollegiate Online News Network.  It’s still definitely in beta form (its Web site is a Facebook group page), but this association “of individuals, academic programs and professional organizations dedicated [to] connecting student web journalists and campus news websites” seems to have an energy and early organizational strategy that should bode well for its next steps.

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The first ICONN conference kicked off in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee last week.  During one talk, George Mason University j-prof Steve Klein said:

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I want to create a platform, not to compete with student media, but to be a platform on which students can publish work that adheres to the standards that we teach.  I just want to see more quality control and I think we can get that out of a program or classroom-generated platform.

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