Tulane Hullabaloo Files Lawsuit to Obtain Superdome Football Game Attendance Records

Tulane University is planning to build a 25,000-seat sports stadium on its New Orleans campus. Will it fill up during home football games? The Tulane Hullabaloo is suing to help find out. The student newspaper has filed a lawsuit to obtain “turnstile attendance records” for Tulane football games played at the New Orleans Superdome, which serves as the current de facto home field for the Green Waves gridiron squad.

Pitt News Pushes for President Obama Reelect, Citing Decent Record in Face of ‘Impulsive Obstructionists’

The editorial board of The Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh has endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection, in recognition of his moderate success governing in the face of an opposition party comprised of “men and women who are nothing more than impulsive obstructionists.”

Student Press Hurricane Sandy Coverage: Flashlight Tag, Waylaid Volleyball Team, Hurricane Malt Liquor Sales

Here is a somewhat real-time, hopefully soon-to-expand rundown of student press coverage of various facets of Hurricane Sandy. Email or tweet me with examples of your own news outlet’s Sandy coverage.

NYU’s Washington Square News Publishes Standout Special Election Issue

On Friday, The Washington Square News at New York University published an excellent special issue focused on numerous facets of the rapidly concluding presidential campaign. As Amy Zhang, the student paper’s web managing editor, tells me, “Our goal was to move past the horse race media coverage of the election that is such an unproductive component of the political theatre during an election year. For this issue, the WSN wanted to provide our NYU community with a comprehensive guide to all the issues that affect our generation.”

Georgia’s Red & Black Runs Full-Page ‘Trash-Talk Ad’ Predicting Florida Football Win

The Red & Black at the University of Georgia ran a full-page “trash-talk advertisement” in Thursday’s paper– against its own football team. The ad, paid for by supporters of the University of Florida football program, features a strong-armed Gator with gritted teeth taking down a hapless UGA Bulldogs football player. The image aligns with the thrust of the ad, which lays out a number of reasons “Why Our Gators Will Bury the Dawgs Little Bone . . . Again.” The number-two ranked Gators are taking on the 10th-ranked Bulldogs this afternoon in Athens, Ga., in a marquee conference match-up.

University of Michigan Rejects Michigan Daily’s Request for Aurora Shooter’s Grad School Application

The University of Michigan has twice rejected a request by The Michigan Daily to obtain the graduate school application of alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes.  Holmes applied last year to UM’s neuroscience grad program.  School officials denied him admission. – They are also denying the Daily’s FOIA request to view the Holmes application because they […]

Student Newspaper’s Lawsuit Against Oregon State Moving Forward

A years-long newsbin and free press fight has reemerged at Oregon State University. It involves OSU administrators, a conservative campus newspaper, and what one side sees as censorship and the other as simple enforcement of school rules.

Student Newspaper’s $16 Million Investigation Hits $3,000 Wall

David Schick spent months on a $16 million story– before hitting a nearly $3,000 wall. In Schick’s words, “The wall took the form of exorbitant Open Records Act costs.” Since late last spring semester, the editor-in-chief of The Collegian has been investigating a $16 million budget deficit at Georgia Perimeter College and the accompanying controversial removal of the school president. Over the summer, a new number entered– and has continued to partially hold up– Schick’s investigation: $2,963.39. GPC administrators initially charged the Collegian that amount to fulfill a standard open records request for documents related to the budget turmoil.

Penn State Daily Collegian Names Entire ‘Sandusky Scandal’ Staff to Paper’s Hall of Fame

The entire 2011-2012 editorial and business staff of The Daily Collegian at Penn State University has been named to the paper’s Hall of Fame. It is an honor almost exclusively given to individual staffers. Longtime Collegian general manager Patti Hartranft announced the special selection this past Saturday night at a formal dinner in State College, Pa., part of a weekend-long alumni reunion celebrating the paper’s 125th anniversary.

40 More Must-Follow Twitter Feeds for Journalism Students

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Certain sources sporting active Twitter feeds are especially valuable to journalism students. Building off the accounts featured in part one, here is an additional set of 40 must-follow Twitter feeds.

A 20-Cent Public Records Fight Pits Cal Poly vs. Student Newspaper

An odd public records fight involving one email, two dimes, and a four-hour drive recently played out between the student newspaper and administrators at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Combatant #1: Sean McMinn, a reporter at The Mustang Daily, seeking a legally-allowable copy of an email for an interesting story he was writing on school policy involving professors’ in-class political statements. Combatant #2: Cal State’s Office of Public Affairs, which handles hundreds of requests for all schools within the CSU system and likes to play things by the book.

Arizona Daily Wildcat Apologizes for ‘Fruit Roll Up’ Cartoon Depicting Homophobia, Child Abuse

The Arizona Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona is apologizing for publishing a controversial cartoon earlier this week that features a fairly horrific depiction of homophobia and child abuse. The four-panel strip, run Tuesday, depicts a father threatening his young son with bloody death and body discarding if he ever comes out as gay.

Student Media, Student Leaders, Faculty and Alums Protest Ithaca’s Restrictive New Media Policy

The student government, student media, and a healthy sampling of faculty, staff, and alumni at New York’s Ithaca College are protesting a restrictive media policy recently enacted by administrators. Late last month, Ithaca president Tom Rochon informed the campus newspaper, magazine, and broadcast outlets that student staffers are now required “to route requests for interviews with administrators through the college’s office of media relations.” Specifically, if reporters want to speak with top school officials about anything involving “college policies and developments,” they must make first contact and get permission to proceed from a single media relations rep.

Video: Most Students Cannot Name the 2012 Vice Presidential Candidates

Just before the recent debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, a student in a multimedia journalism class of mine strolled around campus real quick with a flip cam, checking to see how much– if anything– students knew about the candidates. He started with simply asking people for their names. It did not go extremely well. Check it out for yourself.

Daily Texan Reporter Reflects on Covering Fisher v. Texas Supreme Court Case

Andrew Messamore has arguably enjoyed the most interesting reporting day within collegemediatopia so far this semester. He flew to Washington D.C. last week, reporting live Wednesday from the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Daily Texan enterprise reporter was there to cover oral arguments in a high-profile case involving the “race-conscious admissions process” employed by the University of Texas and many other schools nationwide. In the brief Q&A below, Messamore discusses his coverage’s aims and what it was like reporting from inside the Supreme Court. He also offers advice for other student journalists faced with reporting on broad-based issues of national and international significance.