Arizona Daily Wildcat Covers an Arrest, Loses an Editor

The managing editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct late last month during a taping of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Student staffers at the top-notch paper suddenly faced the eternal ugh-tastic j-dilemma: how to cover one of your own. — Their decision ultimately led to […]

Campus Buzz Listing: College Media on Twitter

Campus Buzz has a new list bringing together the tweets of more than 300 campus media outlets onto one Twitter page. Especially in the absence of UWIRE, it is an appreciated way to gain at least a barebones glimpse of what’s going down in the campus news world at any given moment. — Separately, below […]

Michigan State University’s Reporting on Islam Course “Uncomfortable, Worthwhile”

Interesting course alert: Reporting on Islam, a 400-level pilot class jointly sponsored by the j-school and Muslim Studies program at Michigan State University. According to a UPI report, it is aimed at “teach[ing] students how to deal with the complexities of reporting on Islam in a post-Sept. 11 world.” — The course syllabus for this […]

Student Editor: “Eight Things Your College Newsroom Needs to Change”

The editor in chief of a top student newspaper is calling for change in a number of major and minor ways related to college news media outlets’ staffing, production, and presentation in the Web age.  In a new post on his personal blog, Brian Manzullo- the current Michigan Press Association College Journalist of the Year […]

Chat with CoPress Executive Director Daniel Bachhuber

Awhile back, I asked CoPress co-founder and executive director Daniel Bachhuber a few questions about his growing collegemediatopia empire.  I was not shooting for “60 Minutes” type intensity but the first two are more in-your-face than softball.  The queries do not center on concerns I have about CoPress as much as curiosities.  It’s not yet […]

Minnesota Students Capture an American Dream in Flux, Online and in Print

More than 30 students at the University of Minnesota spent the past semester in FLUX. They created a printerrific, Webtastic class project on steroids, documenting the changing nature of the modern American dream via a full-color magazine and accompanying Web site. — — As a letter from editor in chief Katie Pelton shares: — If […]

Georgetown Heckler Under Fire for Satirical Article on Cross Burnings and the KKK

2009 has become the year of satirical and racial controversy within Georgetown University’s student media. More than eight months ago, Georgetown students staged a sit-in protest criticizing perceived racial insensitivities within the April Fool’s edition of the Hoya campus newspaper. Now, a student humor magazine that attempted to poke fun at the Hoya incident is facing similar […]

NIU Campus Police Chief Comes Away Clean from Crazy Interview with Student Newspaper

The fallout from the strangest interview conducted within collegemediatopia this year is finally over, nearly four full months after it first played out.  As I previously posted, the alternately combative and heroic Northern Illinois University campus police chief had been accused by the Northern Star student newspaper editor of descending into madness during a three […]

Student Newspaper Drops ‘He Said/She Said’ Column After Harassment Charge

The Fairfield Mirror has agreed to permanently drop its provocative “He Said/She Said” feature more than two months after Fairfield University students filed harassment charges against the newspaper for publishing a controversial “He Said” column that some felt “promot[ed] rape and violence against women.” — The newspaper’s senior executive board announced in a public letter […]

Satirical One-Night Stand Column Spurs Controversy

A supposedly satirical column in the Dakota Student that advises men on how to execute successful one-night stands is being criticized at the University of North Dakota “as a guide on how to commit rape . . . [and for] joking about abuse.” — The piece, headlined “One-Night Standing: The Method,” informs students that following […]

Student Journalists/Programmers: “Reservoir Dogs of the Profession”

They are not students.  They are not journalists.  They are not programmers. They are student journalists/programmers.  (Really enunciate the term ‘slash’ for full effect.)  In an interesting new piece for MediaShift, Megan Taylor profiles a half dozen students who have melded the journalism and programming languages into a workable personal model that university media programs […]

Malta Students Protest Campus Newspaper Censorship

Student staffers at a satirical campus newspaper and their supporters at the University of Malta are protesting school officials’ decision to block the newspaper’s distribution on campus due to a fiction piece in the current issue that they consider sexually obscene.  According to the Times of Malta, “The newspaper was banned by the University rector […]

Hawaii Pacific Student Newspaper a Beacon for Censorship?

Kalamalama means bright light, a beacon of light in the darkness, and the torch. It is also the name of the student newspaper at Hawaii Pacific University that is currently under review amid criticisms that it is not “as student run as it should be.” — As a Honolulu Advertiser report quoted an HPU student […]