Facebook Group Condemns Chico State Student Newspaper

A new Facebook group criticizing The Orion at California State University, Chico, has ballooned to more than 900 members.  It has even prompted a story in a nearby alternative weekly. – The group, “Students Against The Orion Newspaper,” asks potential members: “Are you tired of the slanted reporting by The Orion? Are you tired of […]

Missouri J-Students to Major in One of 25 Interest Areas

Incoming students to the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism will have the option of majoring in one of 25 separate interest areas- and if none of those fit their ambitions, they will be allowed to create their own. – As the Missourian reports, the program revision is unique for its push away from the […]

ACP Online Pacemaker Finalist: Harvard Crimson

In late March, the Associated Collegiate Press announced its selection of 50 finalists for the annual Online Pacemaker awards.  The finalists represent online versions of print publications and online-only outlets at U.S. schools large and small, public and private, admin.-controlled and independent. Sites were evaluated for the quality of their “multimedia storytelling, writing and editing, […]

Report: Utah Chronicle ‘Drop-Cappers’ Allowed to Graduate

The University of Utah ‘Drop-Cap Nine’ have been allowed to graduate weeks after their infamous editorial sign-off provoked the ire of school officials and almost left them without diplomas, according to a new Student Press Law Center report. – Earlier this month, Utah administrators threatened to hold the academic records and degrees of nine graduating senior staffers […]

Story Ideas: Older Students, Rat Rods & a Dance Revolution

This occasional CMM series features a sampling of crazy cool or highly relevant stories that can be localized for different campus audiences- along with a few suggestions on ways to create and present that content. – 1) Dancer, Revolutionary: Student staffers at Ball State’s Ball Bearings recently produced a fantastic audio slideshow featuring Ian Truelove, a BSU […]

Student Parking Violations: Off-Limits or Fair to Report?

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Campus crime has long been required by law and moral impetus to be publicly disclosed for potential student press coverage.  But what about parking tickets? As Washington Post education reporter Jenna Johnson recently reported, staffers at a pair of Oklahoma university newspapers separately attempted to obtain records of student parking violations.  Both were offered general […]

ACP Online Pacemaker Finalist: Daily Kansan

In late March, the Associated Collegiate Press announced its selection of 50 finalists for the annual Online Pacemaker awards.  The finalists represent online versions of print publications  and online-only outlets at U.S. schools large and small, public and private, admin.-controlled and independent.  Sites were evaluated for the quality of their “multimedia storytelling, writing and editing, […]

ACP Online Pacemaker Finalist: Indiana Daily Student

In late March, the Associated Collegiate Press announced its selection of 50 finalists for the annual Online Pacemaker awards.  The finalists represent online versions of print publications and online-only outlets at U.S. schools large and small, public and private, admin.-controlled and independent. Sites were evaluated for the quality of their “multimedia storytelling, writing and editing, […]

Student Paper Forced to Go Through Single Campus Source

Student media censorship is a many-speckled beast.  Straight-up rejection of content by misguided overseers is the most iconic, well-known tactic, but it is far from the most common.  The work of most censors is much more subtle, indirect, and clouded enough to enable the content-restricters to claim no wrongdoing at all. – The Chart was […]

Student Spotlight: Zain Pasha, Cornell University, Executive Editor in Chief of The Triple Helix Online

Zain Pasha is an interesting mix.  He is Chinese and Pakistani.  He has an incredibly kind, corporate demeanor- and woolly hair worthy of an eighties rock band.  He enjoys tennis- and researching nuclear weapons proliferation.  At Cornell University, the rising senior touts three academic majors- economics, government, and information science.  He is a veteran Web […]

Student Journalist’s Ride-Along Leads to Year-Long Saga

In January 2009, a Temple University student journalist participated in a ride-along with a Philadelphia cop.  A year later, the story she wrote- and the consequences it hath wrought- are still in the spotlight. – The reason: Instead of penning a tame, cop-fights-crime-style profile, Shannon McDonald admirably reported what she truly saw- and heard.  She […]

Student Government Coverage: “Vicious Fights, Low Stakes”

“University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” – Henry Kissinger – The Kissinger quote marks the start of an interesting new commentary by a UK j-student focused on the many challenges inherent in campus journalists’ coverage of student government issues and elections.  Two that are especially worth considering: – Challenge 1) The […]

Diamondback Reporter’s Excellence Came at “Right Place, Riot Time”

A stomach ailment.  A game of hoops.  Police.  Horses.  A viral video.  There were many disparate elements that came together to launch Ben Present into the biggest story of his student journalism career.  The bedrock beneath them, however, was a common one among great newshounds: a reportorial enthusiasm that his editor knew was always just […]

Supreme Court Nominee Kagan’s Daily Princetonian Past

She is a liberal, with a conciliatory attitude toward conservatives.  She is the current U.S. solicitor general.  She is a former Harvard Law School dean.  She has never been a judge, although not for lack of trying.  And her nickname, Shorty, matches her stature. For all the facts we suddenly know about Elena Kagan, President Obama’s newest […]

Student Newspaper Turns 120; Futon Remains in Newsroom

Normal Echo. Tempe Normal Student. Tempe Collegian. Collegian.  And finally, The State Press. The student newspaper at Arizona State University has been published under five different names and for 120 years. – – In a new self-retrospective looking back at its 12 decades in existence, writer Katie Shoultz shares a story that has a definite larger […]