Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 7, “Kurdistan’s Story” (Conclusion)

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.

Next Student Web Trend: Anonymous Online Flirting?

Students like LikeALittle a lot. An increasing number of campus newspapers have turned to that tongue-twister to describe the rising popularity of a unique web service. Simply put, LikeALittle lets students flirt with each other… anonymously.

USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program: New Student Publishing Opportunity

USA Today College recently put out a nationwide call for its new Collegiate Correspondent Program.  The semester-long virtual internship-freelancing gig provides participants with an opportunity to publish their work on the fast-growing student arm of the famed newspaper’s online operation. – – The program also promises mentorship from USA Today editors and a small stipend, not to mention […]

Florida Atlantic Student Journalists Create Newspaper Without Computers: ‘OMG WTF?’

Student journalists at Florida Atlantic University are in the midst of a grand experiment in good ol’-fashioned journalism. Through some funding from The Society of Professional Journalists and under the direction of beloved-former-adviser-forever-guru Michael Koretzky, staffers at The University Press are putting out an issue sans Internet, computers or high-tech tools of any kind.

Student Press Differs from Professional Press: Reason #1,333,668

Our chief copy editor quit yesterday. It was a decision that had nothing to do with the campus newspaper. As a student burdened recently with financial strains, she simply cannot afford to return to the university in the fall.

Harry Potter and the Special Issue: Tips for Launching a Themed Edition of Any Sort

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In the most recent issue of College Media Review, I profile last year’s transformation of The Ball State Daily News at Ball State University into The Daily Prophet– in honor of all-things-Potter. Follow @collegemedia

You Know You Stink at Digital Journalism When…: Part 2!

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Late last month, I premiered “You know you stink at digital journalism when…” It’s a fun feature that is nothing more than a list of completions to the sentence in the headline of this post. Idealistically, I saw it as a possible starting point for a future class session. But mostly, I just wanted to see what I could conjure up. Back by popular demand, here is part two.

Young Journalist: ‘Reporters Are a Sketchy Breed’ :p

Angel McCurdy is a young journalist.  Yet, she jokes on Twitter that her love of “dresses, floral patterns, DIY projects, and newspapers” means she might actually be 80 years old. – As a staff writer at a kick-a** Florida daily, McCurdy has been fully ensconced in all-things journalism for awhile.  In her words, “I’ve been […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 6, “No More Violence at AUIS!”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). […]

Student Press Story Ideas: Alien Sex, Slow Sex, SlutWalks

The age of “paranormal erotica” is upon us, according to The State Press. In a recent column in the Arizona State University student newspaper, Mary Richardson writes that numerous books, films, and songs are implanting an overt, otherworldly sexuality into popular culture that is upstaging romantic interactions among mere mortals.

Michigan Daily Arts Editor Proma Khosla Says Goodbye to ‘Harry Potter Childhood’

At page 699, Proma Khosla almost threw up.  While reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the University of Michigan student and HP superfan simply could not stomach the drama playing out on the pages before her. – As she recalled in a recent Michigan Daily column, “My face was already soaked with tears, my body convulsing with hysterical […]

Free Speech, the N-word, and an Orientation Issue Come to a Head at NC State

The second college media controversy of the summer centered on an orientation issue has surfaced at North Carolina State University.  According to a Student Press Law Center report, NC State administrators first temporarily pulled and then later covered up a portion of a student newsmagazine that innocently contains a racial epithet. – Late last week, […]

Fight Over Mustang Daily Sex Column at Cal Poly Helps Define Modern Student Press

As I have written many times before, the biggest battles in collegemediatopia take place behind the scenes.  My estimate: For each major censorship scandal (like this past spring’s La Salle stripper story prior restraint), there are more than a hundred notes of criticism or threats of censorship from those in power.  They don’t make headlines, […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 5, “All Saddam, All the Time”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). […]

Boulder Daily Camera: University of Colorado ‘Vague with Direction of Journalism Education’

Journalism’s place at the University of Colorado feels far from assured and the plan in place to shepherd it to its new incarnation is coming across as muddled, an editorial late last month in Boulder’s Daily Camera alleges. – This past spring, as many in the journalism community are aware, the Board of Regents at CU […]