Kentucky’s Kernel Censorship Prompts Press Criticism, Twitter Protest

As I predicted in my previous post early yesterday morning, the overreaction of University of Kentucky athletics officials has turned a so-what story about a pair of basketball team walk-ons into a national media blitzkrieg. UK’s decision to bar a Kentucky Kernel staff writer from an interview session with members of the school basketball team led to informal and formal condemnations from major journalism figures and organizations. It also prompted a spirited protest on Twitter, with related tweets employing the hashtag #FreeKernel.

Kentucky Restricts Student Newspaper Access to Basketball Team in Response to Report About Walk-Ons

The fall semester is barely a blip on the academic radar and already the student press censorship has begun. The location: Lexington, Ky. The situation: University of Kentucky athletics officials, angry over a story published in The Kentucky Kernel, have barred the campus newspaper from one-on-one interviews today with university basketball players.

Welcome Back Special: Advice for New Journalism Students

Across the country, 8 a.m. classes, student newspaper staff meetings, and fake ID rings are once again up and running. School is back in session. In honor of what for many of us is the first day of the 2011-2012 term, below is a smidgeon of advice for incoming journalism students, courtesy of some professional journos and journalism educators.

College Media Hall of Fame: Arez Hussen Ahmed, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Iraq’s Voice

The College Media Hall of Fame is a digital enshrinement of individuals, news outlets, and organizations who have made a lasting impact on collegemediatopia or greatly contributed to it over the past year.  Much like last year’s inaugural batch (known as the CMM 10), this year’s inductees include standout student journalists, innovative student media entrepreneurs, and impassioned advocates […]

College Media Hall of Fame, Class of 2011: Victor Luckerson & The Crimson White

On a weekday afternoon in late April 2011, Crimson White editor-in-chief Victor Luckerson heard the tornado sirens. He left the University of Alabama student newspaper’s newsroom near Bryant-Denny Stadium and went to the office building’s basement.

Google+: Social Media Upstart ‘Worse Than a Ghost Town’

I wanted to log on to Google+. I swear I did. But the thought of it made me tired. I recently wrote a piece for PBS MediaShift. Like I’ve done for past pieces and many of the posts on this blog, I carried out all the expected social media promotion.

College Media Story Idea: Student Hipster Culture

Hippies are so twentieth century. The new band of students living outside the lines of mainstream fashion and popular culture are hipsters.

Student Newspapers 2.0: ‘Welcome to a Media Revolution’

The Red & Black, one of the largest and most-feted college newspapers in the country, recently dropped a bombshell on its readers and the student journalism community. In a wraparound section of a special issue published on the first day of the new school year, the University of Georgia student newspaper revealed it will be switching from a daily to a weekly print edition.

Journalism & Media Conferences: Top 11 to Attend in 2011-2012

Note: Check out my updated 2012 list — — A recent college graduate emailed me last week requesting a list of journalism and media conferences worth attending.  It is a fantastic question. — Below is a list of what I consider to be the most indispensable national-level get-togethers for those who are practicing, teaching, and […]

College Media Trend: The Tweet Greet

Over the past year, I have noticed an emerging student press trend sweeping the Twitterverse: the tweet greet. An increasing number of student journalists appear to be using Twitter as the prime spot to seek sources for their story or class assignments and to make first contact with these sources.

College Media Hall of Fame, Class of 2011: Connor Toohill, NextGen Journal Editor-in-Chief

Connor Toohill is the student media maven of the moment. The Notre Dame University sophomore is responsible for the launch and oversight of NextGen Journal, the only national news and views outlet by students, for students.

Student Media Adviser Fired in Wake of NC State Censorship

I cringed slightly when I read the announcement on a college media advisers’ list-serv.  North Carolina State University is seeking a new student media director– after just removing its old one. — As CMM readers might recall, NC State was recently the setting for one of the more high-profile censorship cases of summer 2011.  Last […]

Cornell Student Posts Song/Rant About Congress, Recent Debt Ceiling Debacle

Earlier this month, Cornell University student Elliot Mandel wrote and recorded himself singing a song about how much he loathes the U.S. government. Titled “You Are My Congress” and set to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine,” the YouTube musical rant expresses Mandel’s frustration with politicos in the wake of the debt ceiling debacle. — As the chorus […]

College Media Hall of Fame, Class of 2011: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte is a media law wunderkind. He helps student journalists, their advisers, their professors, and their publications at a prodigious rate, daily. Make no mistake: LoMonte is the face of student press rights in this country.

Dan at AEJMC Conference: Come See Me in St. Louis

Like many journalism educators, I’m heading this week to St. Louis for the annual Association of Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention. I’m presenting twice, including at the gathering’s sole college media session.