Did The Arkansas Traveler really turn down an advertisement due to its poultry perspective? According to author Sijin Belle, the University of Arkansas student newspaper “declined to run a pre-paid display ad for my novel, a satire set in a poultry plant.”
The Daily Orange is at last in control of its own online destiny. At the start of fall semester, the Syracuse University student newspaper unveiled a website free from “the order imposed by College Publisher . . . their CMS, ad network, and host.”
Welcome to the sixth episode of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work, and array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools. In our most recent episode, recorded Sunday afternoon, we discussed the recent exchange between digital news guru Steve Buttry and I regarding the advantages and challenges embedded within student press innovation efforts.
In a public statement issued yesterday afternoon, the president of Bryan College confirms his spiking of a student journalist’s story late last week “may have been a mistake.” Livesay’s explanatory statement, posted on JimRomenesko.com, offers an apology of sorts– not for the censorious action itself but to those who may have been “upset or offended” by it. It also provides a refreshingly candid, if off-base, account of the school’s rationale for the decision.
College President Kills Story About Prof. Charged with Child Sex Crimes, So Student Editor Self-Publishes It
The editor-in-chief of The Bryan College Triangle at Tennessee’s Bryan College self-published a controversial story yesterday about a former professor charged with sex crimes involving a minor. Alex Green wrote, printed, and distributed the article on his own four days after Bryan’s president told him it could not be run in the paper.
Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman’s announcement about her impending retirement sent The Daily Princetonian into overdrive over the weekend. It began with an all-staff email from editor-in-chief Henry Rome. Subject line, all caps: “BREAKING ALL HANDS ON DECK.”
For Daily Reveille staff writer Chris Grillot, covering a bomb threat at Louisiana State University was “the most fun I’ve had this semester.” In a recent blog post, Grillot confirms his anxiety quickly segued to a pure adrenaline rush last week when a bomb alert began sounding in an LSU library.
This is a guest post written by David Sullivan, an assistant managing editor and the copy desk chief at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where I worked briefly while earning my journalism master’s degree at Temple University. He is weighing in with a few thoughts related to the recent exchange between Steve Buttry and I regarding the advantages and challenges embedded within student press innovation efforts.
Advantages, Disadvantages to Student Media Digital Experimentation: My Response to Steve Buttry Report
Student journalists need to start experimenting with digital storytelling more often, more comprehensively, and more boldly, according to Steve Buttry. In a new post for Nieman Journalism Lab, the news innovation guru (whose perspectives I’m really starting to enjoy) contends that “student media have advantages that professional media don’t in experimenting in their pursuit of digital-first prosperity.” Below is Buttry’s complete list of cited advantages, along with my instant analysis of their validity– including the realities and disadvantages that need to be recognized.
In our most recent episode, recorded Friday afternoon, we started with a breakdown of the high-profile USA TODAY redesign (including its new balls) and segued to a discussion about a similarly buzzworthy flap at American University involving classroom breastfeeding and some quality student newspaper reporting.
Daily Princetonian to Stop Using Email Quotes in News Stories, Except in ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’
The Daily Princetonian will no longer publish quotes submitted by email in its news stories, editor-in-chief Henry Rome announced today. The paper’s decision is the second major policy change involving email and college media already this semester. The Princetonian shift– “the result of consultations with major national news organizations’ senior editors and reporters” this summer– is apparently a pushback against the “prevalence of email quotes” appearing in articles. Eds. felt it had become detrimental to the Prince’s journalistic mission.
A Towson University student is calling for the formation of a White Student Union on campus. In his words, the group “would represent the unique cultural heritage, folk customs, and strong Christian traditions that define white civilization.” Matthew Heimbach first proposed the organization in a letter to the editor published earlier this month in The Towerlight, Towson’s student newspaper. A follow-up news report– which has triggered more than 300 online comments– confirmed Heimbach has met with the school’s Student Government Association adviser about getting it officially accepted.
Amid the excitement surrounding the USA TODAY redesign (especially the unveiling of its “cool balls”), be sure to also take notice of the terrific recent online revamps at student press outlets nationwide. Here are some of the more impressive and prominent digital redesigns so far this fall.
In a recent “Campus Overload” post, Washington Post higher education reporter Jenna Johnson laid out a bevy of tips for students stepping up to run a campus newspaper or online outlet. It is a mix of lessons from Johnson, j-student veterans, and former top eds. Three snippets from Johnson: Follow @collegemedia
Welcome to the third episode of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a new collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work, and array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools. In our most recent episode, recorded Friday afternoon, we started with a breakdown of The Harvard Crimson’s decision to no longer allow sources to review or change their quotes prior to publication. Building off last week’s episode, Bryan then shared a second web program that literally enables you to game the news.