Student’s Blog Post About Her 11,000-Song Free Music Collection Spurs Controversy, 900+ Comments

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An American University senior and National Public Radio intern recently “touched off a small firestorm in the music industry,” leaping into the ongoing economic, existential, and generational debate over online music consumption. In a post for NPR’s music blog “All Songs Considered,” Emily White, general manager of American University’s student radio station WVAU, confessed that even while loving music she has hardly spent a cent to acquire her massive song and album collection.

Oklahoma Daily *Will* Appear in Print All Summer– Against Editor’s Wishes

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Oklahoma Daily readers are apparently still passionate about print. Their recent complaints about an upcoming online-only experiment have prompted OU administrators to front the paper an extra $4,000, dependent on the staff’s decision to appear in print throughout July.

Viral Video Alert: Rochester Mascot Stars in Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’

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Months after the University of Rochester went viral with a music video featuring students rapping about the awesomeness of all things UR, the upstate New York School has struck again. This time, admissions staffers teamed with current and prospective students to deliver a frame-by-frame send-up of the video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” The twist: In the Rochester version, Carly Rae is a male incoming freshman in drag, while the love interest is Rocky the Yellowjacket, the school’s mascot.

13 Must-Watch Tech Tutorials: ‘A Guide to Using Technology in Journalism’

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Mark Johnson is The Voice . . . the voice behind a large chunk of many University of Georgia j-students’ basic digital journalism training. He has created a series of screencast tutorials on everything from basic HTML, CMS, and social media to audio, photo, and video recording, and editing. He does the narration. They are, in sum, a truly helpful “guide to using technology in journalism.”

Top 10 Essential Twitter Tips for Student Journalists

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There are four fantastic reasons to be active on Twitter, according to noted “tech evangelist and skeptic” Sree Sreenivasan: to find new ideas, trends, and sources; to connect with an audience in new ways; to bring attention to your work; and to enhance your personal and professional brand. This post is an outline of Sreenivasan’s simple recipe for twitterific, tweettastic Twitter success.

Amid President’s Ouster at Virginia, Cavalier Daily Steps Up, Provides Outstanding Coverage

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The Cavalier Daily has unleashed its summerific newsy A-game to cover the ever-unraveling fallout and furor at the University of Virginia triggered by the sudden, mostly unexplained ouster of popular president Teresa Sullivan. A small crew of CD staff has been reporting and editorializing the heck out of this story, including grabbing some scoops and […]

25 Essential Skills for Student Journalists in 2012

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This list is a grab bag of skills– and mindsets– that Poynter Institute gurus Al Tompkins and Vicki Krueger describe as essential for today’s journalism students, along with those suggested by the roughly 60 attendees of Poynter’s Teachapalooza 2012, those shared by j-professionals in surveys presented to the attendees via PowerPoint, and a few left out that I feel are worthy of inclusion.

Yes, Student Reporters Can Grab Big Scoops, Even From (Alleged) Tree Poisoners

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A student reporter for The Auburn Plainsman at Auburn University vaulted to B-list media celebrity status yesterday for grabbing an eye-opening confession from alleged tree poisoner Harvey Updyke. As a trusted source explained to me, “Basically, this Alabama fan, Updyke, is accused of using industrial herbicide to poison iconic oak tress on Auburn’s campus after Auburn […]

University Press Goes Glossy!: ‘Welcome to the New UP’

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The introduction to the editor’s note posted yesterday stated simply: “Welcome to the new UP.”  Ryan Cortes, editor-in-chief of The University Press at Florida Atlantic University, subsequently announced a big, bold, glossy change to previous UPs.  The student newspaper has reincarnated as a full-color newsmagazine– in editorial and aesthetic style and page type. The first issue […]

Best Student Newspaper Special Issues of 2011-2012: 9/11, RGIII, Paterno, Sex, WWII, Dance Marathon

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Even in the increasingly digital age, hard copy special issues still boast a regular, influential presence within collegemediatopia.  Over the past academic year, student news teams put together a number of editions– in advance and spur-of-the-moment on deadline– geared toward remembering or highlighting major anniversaries, athletic achievements, campus icons, big events, and even s-e-x. Below […]

What Would College Life Be Better Off Without? Part 2: Deadbeat Profs, Bad Grammar & Post-Grad Life Goals

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What would college life be better off without? In separate articles and op-eds appearing in campus newspapers throughout this past semester, students offered a bevy of suggestions on “unnecessary traditions, ideas and institutions” that should be scrapped or significantly changed. Taken together, they represent a massive de-cluttering worthy of a similar feature published in The Washington Post. The Post‘s annual “Spring Cleaning” asks a select group of thinkers to nominate “an idea, a tradition, a habit, a technology . . . that we’d all be better off tossing out” from society at-large.

The Oklahoma Daily’s Digital Experiment: Print Edition to Be Dropped Later This Summer

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The Oklahoma Daily is going online-only– for six weeks this summer.  The decision by the University of Oklahoma student newspaper, announced yesterday, is the first step in a yearlong process aimed at determining what the Daily 2.0 should look like, how it should operate, and where print fits in.  Reader and staff surveys, focus groups, […]

‘We’re Back!': New City Collegian Resumes Printing After 4-Year Absence– Thanks in Part to Cupcake Shop

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The New City Collegian at Seattle Central Community College announced its return to print after a four-year absence with a simple, exclamatory front-page headline: “We’re Back!” The name has slightly changed, but it still appears to be the same “feisty little newspaper.”

Daily Collegian at Penn State Publishes Special Issue on Sandusky Sex Abuse Trial

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A special issue of The Daily Collegian appeared on newsstands across Penn State University’s campus and State College, Pa., yesterday focused on the criminal trial of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Due to the reduced summer publishing schedule, Collegian staffers were not due to put out a print edition until month’s end.

What Would College Life Be Better Off Without? Part 1: Essays, Unpaid Internships & Nice Guys Finishing Last

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What would college life be better off without? In separate articles and op-eds appearing in campus newspapers throughout this past semester, students offered a bevy of suggestions on “unnecessary traditions, ideas and institutions” that should be scrapped or significantly changed. Taken together, they represent a massive de-cluttering worthy of a similar feature published in The Washington Post. The Post‘s annual “Spring Cleaning” asks a select group of thinkers to nominate “an idea, a tradition, a habit, a technology . . . that we’d all be better off tossing out” from society at-large.