Caught in the Web with Katelyn Sweigart #2

Caught in the Web is a new CMM feature created and maintained by Katelyn Sweigart, web editor of The Mustang Daily and a senior journalism student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It lays out a range of web tools and platforms aimed at helping student journalists up their writing, reporting, and multimedia awesomeness.

The Chronicle, Duke University’s Student Newspaper, Premieres New Web Platform (@DukeChronicle)

According to recent reports, fewer students are packing into Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch Coach K and Duke University basketball. My guess: They are home scrolling through The Chronicle. The student newspaper at Duke University has further upped its digital awesomeness, rolling out a new web platform is boldly dubbing “Chron 2.0.”

Dartmouth Fraternity Hazing Scandal: Time for a Fresh Look at Greek Pledge Process

A column by a Dartmouth University student outlining the many degrading acts he endured while pledging a fraternity in 2010 has earned national attention for its extremely candid glimpse at hazing. As senior Andrew Lohse wrote at one point in the piece, headlined “Telling the Truth: “I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ ass cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses. Certainly, pledges could have refused these orders. However, under extreme peer pressure and the desire to ‘be a brother,’ most acquiesced.”

2012 Journalism Word of the Year: Entrepreneurial

2012 is only a month old and it is already a mortal lock: Journalism’s word of the year is entrepreneurial. It is being bandied about by j-profs and programs everywhere, finagling its way into existing course syllabi, new courses, full degrees, books, and workshops.

East Carolina Hires Interim Adviser to Lead Campus Newspaper Weeks After Student Media Director’s Firing

East Carolina University has hired an interim adviser to guide The East Carolinian in the wake of former student media director Paul Isom’s controversial ouster. As one local news report confirmed, “Frank Barrows, former managing editor for the Charlotte Observer, will . . . serve in a consultant advisory role that oversees the day-to-day publication and online needs of students. Barrows begins work on February 6th.”

North Carolina State Technician Publishes Accidental ‘Gay’ Tweet

It is a tweet staffers no doubt wish they could take back: “i think i might be gay??” The odd questioning message popped up yesterday on the twitter feed of The Technician, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University. It was quickly deleted, but not before at least one reader spotted and retweeted it. The paper soon after apologized.

Best Journalism Schools at U.S. Colleges and Universities

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Here is a list of what I consider the best journalism schools at U.S. colleges and universities. It was created after a faculty colleague in another field recently asked me what journalism schools I would most recommend for her college-bound son, who is apparently an aspiring newshound.

@CommInternships: A Column on Journalism 2.0 Jobs and Internships #2 (@QUCommCareers)

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By Steven Chappell – The best thing about running the @comminternships feed has been my virtual meetings with many of my followers. One of those followers, @QUCommCareers, has become a virtual mirror of the feed, particularly for students in the Northeast corner of the U.S. The man behind the feed is Joseph Catrino, assistant dean […]

Funny Journalism Video: Old Newspaper Loons

This occasional CMM series shares funny viral vids related in some way to journalism and media. To nominate a video, send along a link and any needed context to me at dreimold@gmail.com. Video Title: “How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?”

College Media Review: Latest Edition Unveiled Online

The latest issue of College Media Review, the flagship publication of the College Media Association (CMA), recently debuted online. The digital-only mag publishes four times per year.

Yale University Patrick Witt Scandal: 10 Questions About the Yale Daily News & New York Times Decisions

The Yale University-Patrick Witt scandal debate is an absolute inferno at the moment in the lands of college and media. It has the public in an online commenting tizzy. It has pitted current and former members of the Yale Daily News against one another in a very public, cringe-worthy way. And it has sharply divided journalists at the country’s top two professional newspapers.

Bed Bugs Attack at University of Alaska Anchorage

An “expanding bedbug population” is infesting student dorm rooms at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a new report in The Northern Light campus newspaper confirms. What’s the bed bug situation in your campus dorms and students’ off-campus residences? What is the school’s MO for staving off potential infestations?

Fallout at Yale Daily News Over Star Quarterback Sexual Assault Story

A Yale Daily News editor has gone public with distressingly significant complaints about an alleged decision by top YDN staff to hold a bombshell story about sexual assault accusations made against the university’s star quarterback. The former quarterback Patrick Witt had been hailed as a hero this past fall for an all-around awesome pedigree that earned him a Rhodes Scholarship finalist interview– which he turned down to lead Yale in a rivalry game against Harvard.

Daily Princetonian Honors Harry Potter in Recent Joke Issue (#harrypotter)

In its annual joke issue published earlier this month, The Daily Princetonian became The Daily Prophet. The Princeton University student newspaper embraced Harry Potter in a spoof-tastic edition full of stories about muggles, magic, elves, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Student Press Version of ‘Lazy Higher Ed Journalism’

A write-up on “Lazy Higher Education Journalism” (spurred by a separate report on “Lazy Education Journalism” in general) recently achieved B-list viral status within the education and journalism communities. In her Inside Higher Ed essay, Melanie Fullick charges news media with inefficient, often superficial reporting on relevant issues such as school rankings, technology’s impact on education, the value and characteristics of international students and faculty, and the various “solutions” offered as panaceas to supposedly ailing higher learning institutions.