Campus Newspaper Publishing Book on Student Government President

The Saginaw Valley Journal has put together a book on the current president of the Student Association at Saginaw Valley State University. The book is being released in June by the same publishing company that oversees the SVJ, a for-profit campus newspaper focused on the Michigan school. The company is owned and operated by Michael Westendorf, an increasingly innovative and intriguing figure within collegemediatopia.

15 Cool Things I Learned from Reading Every Last Word of College Media Review

During super-storm Sandy in late October, the editor-in-chief of The Pioneer at Long Island University Post updated the paper’s website via the Wi-Fi at a health club– after her car, part of her home, and electricity all fell prey to the ravaging squall. That is one of the many facts, anecdotes, and general knowledge bits I gleaned from reading EVERY LAST WORD of the current issue of College Media Review, the only magazine focused solely and completely on the campus press– and the many people and publications comprising it.

Texas Student Goes Viral for Video Featuring Him Staring at People

The video is called “Stare of the Gator.” Now boasting more than 160,000 hits, the mini-viral phenomenon premiered earlier this month on YouTube. It features a University of Texas at Austin freshman nicknamed “Gator” staring creepily at other students “as they try to figure out what he is doing.”

Sandy Hook Tragedy: 5 Story Ideas for Student Media

The mid-December shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, continues to garner immense news coverage worldwide. But the student press overall has not produced many stories or commentaries touching on the tragedy– simply because many outlets had already stopped publishing for the semester prior to its occurrence. At the start of spring semester, college media should at last offer an array of related Sandy Hook reports and perspectives for their student readers. Here are five story ideas to help get them started on their coverage.

College Media Podcast: 2012 Student Press Year in Review

Welcome to the latest installment of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. In our current episode, we chat about the most popular, controversial, and unexpected trends and incidents within collegemediatopia over the past calendar year. Among the topics: The Red & Black staff’s temporary mass resignation at the University of Georgia; the April Fools’ issue bloodbaths at several high-profile student newspapers; the rise in student press digital-first reinventions; and the increasing limitations being placed on student and professional journalists covering major college sports.

20 National Journalism Conferences to Attend in 2013

Here is an updated list of the 20 most indispensable national-level get-togethers being held in 2013 for those who are practicing, teaching, and learning the craft of journalism. They focus on a variety of skills and media and cover both the educational and professional sides of the field.

UCLA’s Daily Bruin Reverses Course, Decides to Run ‘Womyn’ Letter

In the end, womyn won out. The Daily Bruin at UCLA ultimately decided to run a recent letter to the editor containing the word “womyn”– a feminist variation of “women.” Its publication represented a reversal of the editorial team’s initial decision, one the paper’s editor-in-chief now confirms was a mistake.

Daily Princetonian Debates, Decides to Keep Anonymous Online Comments

The Daily Princetonian is keeping its online commenting system anonymous. After a laudably transparent evaluation process tied to the construction of a new website, top staff at the Princeton University student newspaper agreed with a reader that “[a] few nasty comments here and there is an infinitesimally small price to pay for truly free, unabridged speech.”

UNC Daily Tar Heel Columnist Discusses ‘Brown Elephant in the Room’

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An interesting column in The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pushing for greater dialogue about “the brown elephant in the room”: poop.  The call for increased fecal matter chatter is not simply about bettering our physical health, but also getting past “certain assumptions about genders.” DTH columnist […]

College Media Podcast: Social Media Limits in College Sports Coverage & ‘Subcompact Publishing’

Welcome to the latest installment of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. In our most recent episode, we dig one last time this year into the increasing limitations being placed on media coverage of college athletics, in this case the game-day Twitter restrictions enforced by some schools. Additionally, at the close, Bryan discusses a new app for the iPhone or iPad that is part of an emerging “subcompact publishing” movement.

10 Things I’ve Learned About College Students, Campus Life

Nerdfighters. Hipsters. Speedy seniors. Dropouts. Superfans. Slackliners. Drunkorexics. Tanorexics. Adderall addicts. Longboarders. Sleep texters. Thrifters. Illegall downloaders. And one very bold halftime streaker. Over the past 18 months or so, for my Campus Beat column on USA TODAY College, I have written about an array of students involved in a ton of different activities, organizations, scandals and states of mind. In recognition of my 100th column– posted earlier this semester– here is a quick top 10 list of things I have learned about college life and the world at-large through Campus Beat.

Arizona Daily Wildcat Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ in Favor of ‘Undocumented’

The Arizona Daily Wildcat will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” in its news copy when referring to those who are living in this country in violation of the law. Instead, individuals who fit the description will be termed “undocumented.”

Student Journalists at American University Speak for First Time About Breast-Feeding Story Controversy

The most controversial student press story of 2012 went viral before it was even written. Late last month, staffers at The Eagle at American University gave their first interview about the story and the sudden super-storm that formed around them while they were working on it. Their reflections offer a fresh, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the multi-headed Minotaur that is the modern media scandal. The scandals are born online, spread in real-time, pounced on by the press, spit on in status updates, and often built around loud voices, larger agendas, and first impressions, facts or full stories be damned. They are also increasingly ensnaring the campus press, almost always attached to an embedded anti-student sentiment along the lines of, “What have the kids done now?”

UCLA Daily Bruin Loses Letter to the Editor Over Dispute About Spelling of Word ‘Women’

Members of a student group at UCLA recently pulled a letter to the editor they had submitted to The Daily Bruin after the paper’s editors declined to run the group’s favored alternative spelling for the word “women.” – As Bruin staff explained in an editor’s note (hat tip @Westendorf), “[T]he Asian Pacific Coalition decided to withdraw […]

140 Days Later, Georgia College Paper Celebrates (Partial) Press Victory

It took more than four months and a fair bit of squabbling, but The Collegian at Georgia Perimeter College has finally begun receiving a set of records its staffers first requested from the school’s overseeing body in late July. Schick: “So far, we just have a partial amount of the total request, since they were told by our lawyer to release us information on a rolling basis. But I’d say we can definitely mark this one as a win for the college journalist.”