Daily Tar Heel Editor Selection Process at UNC Used to Be Insane

It reads like a mix between “Hunger Games” and “Survivor.” Apparently, in the past, students vying for the position of Daily Tar Heel editor-in-chief at the University of North Carolina had to run in a CAMPUS-WIDE election similar to a student government vote. A new article in the DTH commemorating the 20-year-mark since this process ended outlines a bevy of problems with this “John Carter”-sized #epicfail. The paper’s general manager says simply about his memories of that time: “It decimated the staff.” The words nightmarish and popularity contest also appears in the piece.

10 Tips for Photojournalism Students: How to Succeed Visually and Financially

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By his own admission, Al Diaz shoots better than he speaks. The award-winning photojournalist and Miami Herald staffer began his presentation at last weekend’s SPJ Region 3 Conference by admitting that while his oratorical skills may lack gusto he hoped the photos he planned to show and the stories behind them would resonate. And they did. Diaz delivered a kick-butt talk with stirring images to boot. Below is a top 10 sampling of the wisdom and witticisms he shared last Saturday with j-students, profs., and advisers.

Dartmouth Hazing Scandal: From Student Newspaper Column to Rolling Stone

The Dartmouth University hazing scandal first brought to light earlier this semester in the school’s student newspaper is featured prominently in the current edition of Rolling Stone. “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing Abuses” is a “meditation on class, violence, and power in Dartmouth’s overheated campus culture.” The piece premiered online yesterday to oodles of interwebs chatter.

Trayvon Martin Case: Student Press Coverage, Commentaries Go Far Beyond Daily Texan Cartoon

The controversial editorial cartoon published earlier this week in The Daily Texan has quickly become the most (in)famous student media take on the Trayvon Martin case.  But there have been many other student perspectives offered that are worthy of the spotlight, in a positive sense. – Over the past two weeks, a large majority of […]

Most Popular Tennessee Daily Beacon Story: ‘Masturbation, Steak Theft Plague UT’

A whopper of a headline leapt out at me during a web scan of The Daily Beacon website yesterday afternoon. The header tops an article containing crime report highlights from a decade of campus life at the University of Tennessee. The oddity: It first ran in 2004, but eight years later remains the most popular story on the Beacon site. The headline: “Masturbation, Steak Theft Plague UT.”

Time to Wake Up: Independent Student Newspapers are Struggling Financially

Student newspapers are struggling financially. The decade-long plights of the professional press have at last weaved their way into the land of collegemediatopia. If not quite a time of reckoning for campus papers, we have definitely entered a prolonged period of dramatic change– cutbacks, weary sighs, and hopefully some spirited reinventions. That is the gist of what I told Connecticut Post reporter Linda Lambeck late last week when contacted for a quote.

Daily Texan Pulls, Then Re-Posts Trayvon Martin Cartoon

The Daily Texan briefly removed an editorial cartoon about the Trayvon Martin case from its website yesterday afternoon.  The University of Texas student newspaper then re-posted it, with an editorial statement acknowledging “the sensitive nature of the cartoon’s subject matter.”  It also appeared in yesterday’s Daily Texan print edition. – The cartoon depicts a mother […]

10 Tips for Journalism Students: How to Land a Job and Impress People

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At this past weekend’s SPJ Region 3 Conference, Meredith Cochie delivered a hyperactive Broadway-esque performance– interrupted only by the occasional “coffee burp” (her words). In a manic 50-minute session that brought a blah-carpeted University of Florida auditorium to life, Cochie shared a bevy of tips aimed at helping j-students stand out from the job-seeking masses and land a gig worth bragging about on Facebook.

Student Social Media Directors, Check Out Michigan Daily’s Citizen Journalism Tool #MichLinks

Student news outlet social media directors, take note: a reader engagement exercise potentially worth emulating is in its third month of operation at The Michigan Daily and seemingly finding success. As the Daily explains to its readers, #MichLinks is a “citizen journalism tool that compiles reporting about Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.”

Daily Illini Premieres Vidcast to Highlight Day’s Top Stories (@thedailyillini @hannahmeisel)

During a session at the CMA Spring College Media Convention last week in New York City, New York Times reporter and digital journalism guru Brian Stelter shared, “We’re all going to be video reporters in the future, which means we will have to comb our hair and stuff.  It’s something that is quietly happening in […]

Oregon Journalism Students Having Trouble Checking Out Multimedia Equipment They Need (@DailyEmerald)

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon are increasingly having trouble checking out reporting 2.0 tools like video cameras and digital recorders from the school stockpile, a report late last week in The Oregon Daily Emerald revealed. Apparently, a new set of classes is requiring their use, suddenly making demand dramatically outpace supply. Frustrations are up. Assignments are being submitted late. Deadlines are being pushed back. And work quality is suffering.

Top 13 Reasons Journalists Screw Up Their Stories

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One example: They become scatterbrained from the warp speed at which they are attempting to publish.

10 More Funny College Memes: Kony 2012, Spring Break Tans & Dorm Bathroom Cleaning

As I’ve posted previously, one the major stories of the semester so far: college memes. Campus-specific memes have been invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. A rash of student media reports and social media chatter confirm that undergraduates’ online experiences have been hovering between “meme madness” and full-blown“meme mania.” I recently shared a sampling of memes posted on college meme Facebook pages. Building on that post’s popularity, I wanted to offer another glimpse at college memes being produced by students at schools nationwide.

The Oregon Daily Emerald is Hiring: Digital Media Developer Wanted

The Oregon Daily Emerald is hiring.  Publisher Ryan Frank passed along the job announcement below.  If you have the requisite skills and the student media passion, apply today! – – Job opening: Digital media developer – We are launching a little project here at the Emerald to change the future of journalism.  Yeah, we know. […]

Journalism Professors: When Your Students Want to Cover March Madness, You Excuse Them From Class

In the oddest piece I’ve come across this week, a professional-in-residence (AKA visiting prof.) at Marquette University debates how he should have responded to a pair of his students who asked to be excused from class to cover March Madness-related events in person for reputable outlets. For some reason, this debate takes 1,000 words and involves multiple sources weighing in. Seriously?