Broadcasting Legend Cronkite Started as College Journalist

Pop quiz: What do John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Lady Bird Johnson, Hugh Hefner, Nike founder Phil Knight, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, and Barack Obama have in common? – Answer: All once freelanced or worked full-time for a college media outlet. See, it pays to be part […]

Daily Cal, Daily Collegian Enjoy Separate Recent Pardons

According to a pair of news reports published on the same day late last week, two A-list student newspapers enjoyed separate pardons from incidents begun last October- one financial and another criminal. – First up, Penn State’s Daily Collegian.  Last October, a student photographer for the newspaper faced charges of disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, […]

Open Letter to Newseum: Put Student Press on Display!

Dear Newseum, – On a recent trip to Washington D.C., I had pleasure of stopping by your museum of news for a visit.  Two words: Loved it.  Two more words: a lot.  The exhibits are interactive.  A ton of stuff featured is impressively up to date (literally, Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing was playing on the big […]

Oh Journalism School, How We Love/Loathe Thee: Part 17,689

Two recent pieces brought journalists’ love/hate relationship with journalism school back into the spotlight.  In the hate camp, Richard Sine writes on HuffPo with exasperated astonishment that anyone would pay for a journalism education given the current state of the economy and field. – In his piece, headlined subtly “Close the J-Schools,” Sine opines, “These […]

Live Chat Alert: What Should Journalism Students Be Taught This Fall?

The Poynter Institute‘s uber-amazing Al Tompkins (he’s basically the Obama of journalism story ideas via his Al’s Morning Meeting blog) is hosting a live Web chat THIS AFTERNOON (Thursday July 23rd) at 1 p.m. It is centered on the question: What do you need to be teaching your students this fall? – It is designed […]

Student Press Web Reinventions Continue with Siskiyou Site

A brand new Siskiyou is coming to a world wide web near you this fall, courtesy of a student journalist brave enough to act upon her recognition that the time for change had come. – As The Mail Tribune recently reported, the digital edition of The Siskiyou student newspaper at Southern Oregon University will soon […]

UF’s John Wright Officially Becomes “Coolest Dean Ever” :)

John Wright, dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, is now officially the coolest dean ever. – In a recent post detailing a UF student’s unfortunate spate of plagiarism, I mentioned being suitably impressed that Wright communicated his initial reaction, in part, through a status update on his Facebook […]

Student Photography Portfolio Site Truly Eye-Opening

It is the rarest of rarities: a student portfolio site I actually enjoyed looking at and clicking through- and felt the desire to share with others. – Sam Kang Li is a fantastic photographer.   He is, in his words, “usually reserved and quiet among strangers.  Put a camera in my hand and I become […]

Student Plagiarist Mac Arthur Meets with School Officials

The Independent Florida Alligator is reporting that Hailey Mac Arthur, the University of Florida student recently caught plagiarizing from the New York Times during an internship with a Colorado newspaper, has met with administrators from the university’s College of Journalism and Communication. – Due to privacy rules, there is no word on how the meeting […]

Happy News: PSU Daily Collegian News Adviser Reinstated

The weeks-long drama swirling in State College centered on the sudden dismissal of Daily Collegian news adviser John Harvey ended happily earlier this month.  As the newspaper reported, the publication’s board reversed the decision of its general manager, granting Harvey his old job and office, which he moved back into right away. – Harvey’s words: […]

Interim Director Named to Lead MSU Journalism School

An interim director has been named to lead Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.  (Read background on situation here.)  A trusted source forwarded me the following message: – Dear [Name Removed by Me]: – I’m pleased to share some advance news with you about the School of Journalism. – I have named an interim director, […]

NYU Local Reporter Reflects on ‘Biggest Story of the Year’

This past February at New York University, NYU Local reporter Charlie Eisenhood embedded himself inside a cafeteria at New York University to document a highly publicized sit-in staged by a fringe student group, Take Back New York University (TBNYU). – For more than forty-eight hours, without much food and even less sleep, Eisenhood reported basically […]

Michigan State J-Student Reacts to J-School Drama

The latest chapter in the ongoing Michigan State journalism school saga: Pamela Whitten, dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, has staged a behind-closed-doors “pep talk” with j-faculty and requested suggestions on possible replacements for current j-school chair Jane Briggs-Bunting, who Whitten recently asked to resign.  Whitten has also promised to meet with […]

J-Student Spotlight: Rachael Dickson, George Mason U., UWIRE 100

Rachael Dickson is an award-winning, professionally-trained harpist.  Over the years, she has even played “rock harp” in a few bars, which immediately makes her cooler than you.  The  rising senior at George Mason University is also a self-described “21-year-old reporter kicking it new-school online with thoughts, musings, articles, videos, and photos.”  – Her online awesomeness extended this […]

Plagiarism Equals Expulsion for Once Mighty Mac Arthur

The Independent Florida Alligator has verified it, with the help of UF’s journalism department chair: If confirmed, UF rising junior Hailey Mac Arthur’s NYT’s love-fest/plagiarism will result in her expulsion from the College of Journalism and Communications.  (What about from the university or the journalism field in general or from America or Second Life or the […]