Story Ideas Week: “The Magic of Being a Mascot” (The Statesman, Stony Brook)

This CMM series features a sampling of crazy cool, highly relevant or offbeat stories by student journalists that can be localized for different campus audiences- along with suggestions on ways to create and present that content. Next up… – The Magic of Being a Mascot – He is nearly seven feet tall.  He has wool […]

Story Ideas Week: “My Night in the 24-Hour Room” (The California Aggie)

This CMM series features a sampling of crazy cool, highly relevant or offbeat stories by student journalists that can be localized for different campus audiences- along with suggestions on ways to create and present that content. First up… – An Academic Ethnography – – Roughly a month ago, a California Aggie staff writer penned a […]

ACP Online Pacemaker Finalist: The GW Hatchet

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, […]

Trending: “Journalism Schools as News Providers”

As the ranks and resources of the professional press continue shrinking, “news organization-university partnerships” are growing, a new Poynter piece confirms. – As the piece notes, “The New York Times, The Bay Citizen and Next Door Media have recently partnered with universities in hopes that students can help them expand their hyperlocal coverage, engage new […]

Is “Student Journalist” an Unfair, “Subhuman” Distinction?

A month ago, a prominent journalism educator lightly scolded me for using the phrase “student journalist” to describe an undergraduate reporter (since graduated) who produced a high-profile story as part of a capstone journalism course. – In his words: “I think it is important to press for equality between ‘student’ journalists and others.  Somehow ‘student’ denigrates […]

College Media Story Ideas: The Campus Bucket List

In a pre-commencement piece published last month in The Pendulum student newspaper at Elon University, a staff writer lays out of a list of more than 20 activities undergrads should consider undertaking prior to leaving campus. – Some are general- race through sprinklers, steal a brick from a campus walkway, make a 2 a.m. run […]

FAU vs. University Press: “An Increasingly Tense Feud”

As I predicted in a recent post, the FAU-UP imbroglio is heating up and turning nasty.  Administrators are beginning to bandy about threats and coming awfully close to straight-up censorship- earning rebukes from national press groups.  The new director of student media is facing a public scolding from the very j-students she is supposed to […]

Journalism 2.0 “Tidal Wave”: Students Riding High, Adults Running Scared, According to Rutgers J-Prof

One of the most quotable quotes related to collegemediatopia this calendar year appears in a new PBS MediaShift piece that discusses the skill-abilities future journalists need to bring to the newsroom/Google Wave. – Speaking candidly about the generational divide existing between j-students and middle-aged-and-older j-professionals, former MSNBC.com and NPR producer and current Rutgers University instructor […]

ACP Online Pacemaker Finalist: UNR’s Insight Magazine

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, […]

Daily Northwestern: “Dying” or About to Rebound, Reinvent?

In 1923, Time magazine began publication.  The first portable radio was developed.  The Walt Disney Company was founded.  And a certain student newspaper at a certain lakeside university in Illinois went independent. – The Daily Northwestern has since enjoyed an almost-unparalleled journalistic renaissance.  Today, it stands as one of the most prolific, trusted, and iconic […]

Larger Lesson of the Breeze Newsroom Raid, Legal Battle

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In an agreement reached earlier this month, the county prosecutor responsible for the recent raiding of the newsroom housing The Breeze student newspaper at James Madison University has offered an apology with four zeros behind it. – As numerous reports confirm, the state of Virginia will pay the $10,000 legal fees accrued by the Breeze […]

Student Journalist Spotlight: Madison McCord, Web Editor, The Communicator, Spokane Falls CC

In 2007, when Madison McCord enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College in Washington, The Communicator student newspaper sported a two-year-old  clunker of a website.  As McCord, the newspaper’s web editor, recalled, “It was very basic with an outdated color palette and a lot of text.” – Although no Communicator staffers had any new media or […]

Story Ideas: Hottest Freshmen Photo Spread and Profiles

At the start of fall, put out the call: Seeking model first-year students.  Amid the serious news, op-ed rants, and sports recaps, there is always room for some primping and posing.  Need proof?  Check out a recent feature run in Fifteen Minutes, Harvard Crimson‘s culture/lifestyle magazine, spotlighting Harvard’s “hottest freshmen.” – As its introduction states, “In […]

Police: Lantern Staffer Who Covered Cow Escape Had Fraudulent Press Credentials

The Ohio State student and Lantern photographer recently detained by police while covering a campus cow escape will *not* be charged with trespassing or criminal misconduct. – Yet, as a new Lantern editorial confirms, law enforcement officials are now bandying about a new charge- this one against the newspaper: fraud. – For those out of […]

Former FAU Newspaper Adviser Now Volunteer “Permanent Guest Speaker”

Who is currently the most high-profile student newspaper adviser who is no longer an adviser even while still advising? The answer: Michael Koretzky. – Koretzky, a veteran journalist, served as the paid part-time adviser for The University Press at Florida Atlantic University for the past 12 years- until late last month.  A student media reorganization […]