Journalism and Media Conferences to Attend in 2012

Back by popular demand, below is an updated list of what I consider to be the most indispensable national-level get-togethers for those who are practicing, teaching, and still learning the craft of journalism. They focus on a variety of skills and media and cover both the educational and professional sides of the field.

Daily Princetonian Series Examines Professors’ Religious Faiths (Princeton University)

Late last semester, The Daily Princetonian ran an interesting six-part series– not of stories but conversations. It is worth a look. Each conversation occurs between colleagues, a Princeton University politics professor speaking to fellow profs. whose beliefs fall under various religious tenets.

In the Spotlight: Taylor Doherty, Special Projects Editor, The Chronicle, Duke University

One of the most prolific writers featured on the website of The Chronicle, Duke University’s student newspaper, is a gray-haired alum from the 1960s. Ed Rickards, a former journalist, is currently a full-time “Duke Checker.” Under that pseudonym (very recently switched from “Fact Checker”), Rickards, 69, runs “an increasingly popular blog that focuses on the governance of Duke and the scandals that occur on the university’s campus.”

Year in Review: Most Viral Student Media of 2011, Part 2

Strippers. Shootings. The Oscars. Osama bin Laden. One-night stands. Natural disasters. Asians in the library. And skinny jeans. These are a few of the most prominent buzzwords at the center of the student news stories, columns, online creations, and video rants that went viral in a major way over the past year. – The spread […]

Year in Review: Most Viral Student Media of 2011, Part 1

Strippers. Shootings. The Oscars. Osama bin Laden. One-night stands. Natural disasters. Asians in the library. And skinny jeans. These are a few of the most prominent buzzwords at the center of the student news stories, columns, online creations, and video rants that went viral in a major way over the past year.

Missourian Memes Offer J-Student Complaints ‘in a Humorous Yet Charming Way’

It is Mizzou meme mania. Columbia Missourian staffers at the University of Missouri recently provided an overflow of word-image combos aimed at capturing the backstage stresses and excitement of the student press experience. As the greatest blog in all the land J-School Buzz confirmed, “[T]hey are shining light on particular events that reporters feel obligated to complain about in a humorous, yet charming way. Not only are they very endearing, but rumor has it that [Mizzou] J-Schoolers are very intrigued and even addicted to these amusing little memes.”

@CommInternships: An Aggregator to Inform Students About Available Jobs, Internships

CommInternships

In August of 2010, I began a new job as the Student Media Specialist at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Along with advising the student media, one of my duties is also serving as the internship coordinator for students in Communication and Media Studies at the college. As a social media hound, I knew there had to be a way to use Twitter as an aggregator to inform students about available internships. A few weeks into the semester, @comminternships was born.

In the Spotlight: Elisa DeCastro, Devoted Nerdfighter & Notre Dame Observer Staffer

DFTBA. The five-letter acronym is also a call-to-arms. Simply put: Don’t Forget to Be Awesome. The saying is a core component of nerdfighting, a cult movement increasingly gaining traction on campuses nationwide. Nerdfighters are a loose collection of geeky do-gooders who attempt to enact positive change in the real world and online.

NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen Sues The Minaret at University of Tampa

Yesterday morning, The Minaret, the student newspaper I advise at the University of Tampa, received a rare burst of national attention. The paper is one of the sites and news outlets named in a new lawsuit brought by NBA hall of famer Scottie Pippen. The former basketball star, through his legal representatives, is suing us and the others for defamation for referencing his alleged bankruptcy in stories we have published.

UW-Milwaukee Campus Newspaper Plans to Sue Former Student Government President for Halloween Theft

During an organized caper earlier this semester dubbed “Operation Boston Tea Party,” a small group of student government members at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee allegedly stole and trashed 800 copies of The UWM Post. – As the Post and the Student Press Law Center report, the group carried out the campus newspaper theft on Halloween– […]

College Daybreak: An Email with ‘Everything You Need to Get Through the Day’

Recently, the temporary calm in Cairo, Egypt, splintered into yet more historic protests. The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving “Obamacare.” The NBA in-fighting finally ended. Some astronauts landed at the International Space Station. The latest video game in the “Call of Duty” series made mega-millions in sales. Rihanna’s so-called “Chris Brown song” rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The U.S. announced plans to station Marines in Australia. And an “aircraft-carrier sized” asteroid missed Earth by 200,000 miles or so. The connection between these political, militaristic, entertainment, and near-apocalyptic news items is College Daybreak, a daily email that provides headlines and hyperlinks for readers seeking a quick take on substantive news.

Student Newspaper at Brigham Young University-Idaho Sparks Skinny Jeans Debate

An independent student newspaper at Brigham Young University recently ignited a debate on, of all things, skinny jeans. In an article last week that has spawned hundreds of comments and more than 12,000 Facebook Likes, The Student Review focused on BYU administrators/fashion police apparently cracking down on the popular pants.

Baylor Lariat Publishes Special ‘Heisman Issue’ in Honor of Quarterback Robert Griffin III

The Baylor Lariat, the student newspaper at Baylor University, produced a special four-page “Heisman Issue” this past weekend to commemorate the selection of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III as the winner of college football’s highest honor.

Daily Tar Heel Columnist at UNC: Choosing a Major ‘Not Always About the Money,’ Even During Recession

A Daily Tar Heel column at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill currently nabbing comments and attention argues that even amid a down economy most students are NOT majoring in something simply because they think it will ensure oodles of cash upon graduation.

Student Newspaper Essay About One-Night Stand Sparks Weeklong Uproar at New York’s Yeshiva University

An erotic essay about a one-night stand recently published in an Orthodox Jewish university’s student newspaper has caused controversy on campus and led two editors to resign.