University of Florida, Alligator Student Newspaper Continue Fight Over Campus News Racks

Administrators at the University of Florida and The Independent Florida Alligator continue to battle over the fate of 19 orange news racks that serve as Alligator distribution points on campus. The so-called “UF-Alligator rack fight” is stirring a rising tide of news media attention and UF alumni criticism.

The $25,000 Question: Was Daily Helmsman Funding Cut at Memphis Due to Content Concerns?

The University of Memphis has slashed funding for The Daily Helmsman by $25,000 for the upcoming academic year, a full third of the usual financial assistance the paper receives from student activities fees. Some current and former staffers of the campus newspaper view the dramatic cutback as possible retaliation for controversial editorial content.

Boston College Student Columnist Offers Kanye, Bieber, Kristen Stewart & Other Celebs ‘Unsolicited Advice’

“The Unsolicited Celebrity Advice Column” is a weekly summer blog series published by The Gavel, a progressive student newsmagazine at Boston College. Jenna LaConte, Gavel‘s culture editor and a junior English and communication double major at BC, has a four-fold aim with the half-serious, half-satiric feature.

London Olympics: A Sampling of Student Media Reports

As the world hovers on the precipice of full-blown Olympics madness, college media summer staffers are set to provide continued coverage from the student perspective. Already, in the run-up to the Games, many outlets have profiled their own school’s student, staff, and alumni Olympians. They have also produced more interesting and offbeat news, feature, and commentary pieces touching on everything from Olympics fashion and the treatment of transgender Olympians to sports that deserve an Olympics slot (including Quidditch and yoga) and a fascinating 10-part feature in The Daily Illini on the Olympic dreams of a world-class gymnast that ultimately came up short.

How to Be a Great Student Media Adviser (or Editor): 10 Tips from a Reporting & Advising Veteran

At a college media advisers’ workshop last week in St. Petersburg, Fla., Caley Cook held court.  In a spirited morning session, the print and broadcast journalist, journalism professor, and student newspaper adviser shared a bevy of tips focused on successfully navigating the college media advising minefield.  Much of the advice also applies to students segueing […]

Weird College News: Turtle Racing, Duck Killing & Laundry Room Chicken

A University of New Mexico staffer apparently beat a duck to death earlier this summer with a metal trash grabber– and tossed eggs from its nest in a pond. When confronted by an eyewitness– who wrote a letter this week to The Daily Lobo– the assailant said she was simply following school policy and cleaning up the nest’s mess.

Colorado Movie Massacre: 5 Spin-Off Stories Student Journalists Should Explore

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie massacre, the professional news media are presenting an endless stream of stories about the shooting, suspect, victims, weaponry, and the legal and law enforcement processes. Many of the reports are directly or indirectly related to students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities nationwide. While student media are currently in slowdown or shutdown mode due to summer break— boasting skeleton staffs and reduced publishing schedules — the fall semester should not be considered too late to run stories in some way connected to the horrific event in Colorado. Here are five potentially relevant news angles and spin-off stories student journalists should consider tackling at or near the start of the new school year.

Controversial NextGen Journal Piece: ‘Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25’

A provocative piece published late last week on NextGen Journal arguing all social media managers should be under 25 years old has stirred incomparable levels of rancor and commenting. NextGen founder and editor-in-chief Connor Toohill confirms it is the most controversial post appearing on the site since its inception in fall 2010. In the piece, fresh University of Iowa graduate Cathryn Sloane contends social media is a phenomenon embedded most intricately within the DNA of teens and young twentysomethings. Their innate knowledge of its ins-and-outs, according to Sloane, makes them “the ones who can best predict, execute, and utilize the finest developments to come,” including in the workplace.

Colorado State’s Rocky Mountain Collegian Quickly Mobilizes, Provides Coverage of Theater Massacre

Student staffers at The Rocky Mountain Collegian deserve kudos this weekend for quickly and impressively mobilizing to cover and reflect upon various newsworthy components of the Colorado movie shooting. Along with a basic recounting of the known facts related to the massacre itself, the Colorado State University campus newspaper has posted stories online focused on CSU student reactions, state gun laws, and the legal gauntlet shooter James Holmes will soon face– the latter based on an interview with a law professor.

Save the Racks!: University of Florida, Alligator Newspaper in Standoff Over Campus Newsstands

An odd end-of-the-week story is emerging from the University of Florida and gaining mainstream news media steam. UF administrators are apparently waging a battle royale against The Independent Florida Alligator over 19 orange news racks that serve as Gator distribution points.

Collegiate Times Editor at Virginia Tech: Paper Does Not Support Anti-Muslim Advertisement

The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech reached out to readers last night, explaining the paper does not support the content of a controversial advertisement published in its current summer print edition. The so-called FLAME ad, created and distributed by the non-profit organization Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME), is a wordy treatise pushing what many agree is an anti-Muslim agenda. In an online letter, CT editor-in-chief Michelle Sutherland confirmed that while staffers don’t agree with the ad’s “underlying message of cultural hatred,” the paper needs the money.

Independent Florida Alligator: ‘Man Chokes Mother Over Demons’ (Wait, What?)

Every once in awhile, I visit and simply bask in the awesomeness that is The Independent Florida Alligator.  Among the many things I like about the University of Florida student newspaper is the staff’s uber-direct headlines atop even the looniest of stories– leaving me to literally lean forward, narrow my eyes, and laugh-speak “Wait, […]

The 187-Word Correction: Fired Wall Street Journal Intern Had ‘Brutal’ Note Added to Yale Daily News Story

The Wall Street Journal summer reporting intern recently fired for fabricating quotes apparently has a history of troubled journalism, including while on the staff of The Yale Daily News. A new IvyGate report reveals a lengthy, cringe-inducing correction note forced to run in 2009 in the YDN to explain the shortcomings of a story written by then-Yale University freshman Liane Membis.

5 Major Obstacles Journalists Face When Covering Child Sex Abuse

Advice gleaned from opening session of a Poynter workshop on covering child sex abuse.

Georgia Red & Black Column on Finding Perfect Husband Engages Readers, Goes Viral

Single female students, breathe easy.  University of Georgia sophomore Amber Estes has a six-point plan centered on helping you land a rich, handsome, respectful husband by the time you leave school. In a column for The Red & Black late last week, headlined “How to Find That Perfect Husband in College,” Estes lays out a bevy […]