Student Paper at Georgia Perimeter College ‘On Path to Utter Annihilation’

The advertising revenue of yet another student newspaper is down, down, down– placing it “on a path to utter annihilation.” Happy Thursday. The financial troubles– and possible print edition disappearance– of The Collegian at Georgia Perimeter College are especially frustrating because they seemingly have been and continue to be preventable. According to a guest editorial by former editor-in-chief David Schick, the loss last year of adviser David Simpson– among other things, an ad-revenue-generating machine– has started a downward slide to a $0 account balance.

Student Journalist Spotlight: Priya Anand, Editor-in-Chief, The GW Hatchet

Priya Anand is “addicted to coffee, indifferent toward sleep, and obsessed with finding the story.”  To be clear about the first entry on that list, Anand has no room in her life for what she calls “sissy coffee.”  Same goes for her journalism. – The campus newspaper she runs at George Washington University recently earned high […]

College Media Podcast: Digital Shifts, Financial Troubles & the Next ‘Killer News Tool’

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. The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work, and an array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools. In our current episode, we chat about the recent Cavalier Daily digital-first plan and The American Eagle’s possible online-only predicament. In addition, Bryan introduces Vine, a new six-second-video/animated .gif iPhone app with “killer news tool” potential.

My Pitch to NBC: 10 TV Shows About Journalism & Media Worth Watching in 2013

Last week, NBC issued a public casting call for a planned reality show centered on a small town newspaper. According to The New York Times, more than 150 newspapers responded– one even sent a video of its staffers lip syncing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Well, I have 10 ideas of my own that deserve attention for the next fall season. The shows are generally based in reality, at times with a staged or supernatural twist– depending on who I feel is their target audience. In a few cases, they also go beyond just newspapers, small towns, and the professional press. Some are just silly. And others require sincerely high levels of journo geekdom to (even marginally) enjoy. But I have to say, if done right, I would actually watch most of these. So NBC, here you go.

Virginia’s Cavalier Daily Going Digital-First: ‘Riding the Wave of Contemporary Journalism’

The Cavalier Daily is going digital-first. Beginning in August, the University of Virginia student newspaper will offer an expanded slate of online and mobile offerings and premiere a twice-weekly newsmagazine in place of its daily (four-times-per-week) print paper. A new logo will even be unveiled. With this leap, the CD joins other A-list student pubs undergoing full digital reinventions, including The State Press at Arizona State University, the Emerald at the University of Oregon, and The Red & Black at the University of Georgia.

Financial Troubles May Force American University Student Newspaper to Go Online-Only

The Eagle at American University may have to drop its weekly print edition if advertising revenue does not improve and another infusion of cash does not appear. In a letter to readers published earlier this week, editor-in-chief Zach Cohen confirmed a post-print Eagle is a strong possibility come fall 2013– at least temporarily.

Portland Beacon Student Newspaper to Unhelpful Administrators: ‘Now, That’s Just Rude’

The Beacon staff are hitting some brick walls– and they’re reaching out publicly for help.  In an editorial prominently featured in its first issue of the semester, the University of Portland student newspaper is taking a few UP officials to task for their lack of availability and the pre-reqs they throw out to Beaconites seeking […]

Student Who Helped Deadspin Break Te’o Hoax Story Remembers Thinking ‘Wow, This is Absolutely Nuts’

Last week, Deadspin broke the big, bizarre news about the Manti Te’o online love hoax– and they did it quickly. As Deadspin managing editor Tom Scocca tweeted, “Our guys– and let me be clear ‘our guys’ include a COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE– nailed it down in five days.” Jack Dickey, 22, is the “COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE” in that tweet. The senior English major at Columbia University worked nonstop on the story while finishing up his winter break at home in Connecticut. In a post this week for Poynter, I shared some reporting tips Dickey was kind enough to pass along during a phone interview. Here are two DVD extras from the interview that didn’t fit into the Poynter post.

Florida A&M Fires Student Newspaper Editor-in-Chief for ‘Publishing Negative Stories’

Be warned: This story is WEIRD– and anger-inducing.  The editor-in-chief of The Famuan at Florida A&M University has just been fired from his position for the SECOND time already this semester. – As SPJ region 3 director Michael Koretzky reports, Famuan EIC Karl Etters received a short, vague email earlier today informing him he has […]

‘LieStrong’: Student Columnists React to Lance Armstrong Doping Confession

In a two-part prime-time special late last week, former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey he used performance-enhancing drugs during the height of his once-renowned career. Although slightly overshadowed by the Notre Dame Manti Te’o online love hoax, Armstrong’s on-camera confession has still spurred worldwide media attention and a bevy of public reactions since its airing. In a slew of commentaries and editorials, student journalists have also been weighing in. The students’ sentiments overall: Apology accepted, but it does not negate the lies.

Student Press Front Pages Honor Obama Inauguration, MLK Day & Roe v. Wade Anniversary

In homage to a Monday news cycle that mixed holiday with historic, college newspapers across the country are featuring top-notch front pages this morning. Many papers opted for iconic or semi-special Inauguration spreads. Others mixed the Obama festivities with MLK-inspired layouts. And The Daily Reveille at LSU even gave top billing to a third national story– today’s anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Below is a screenshot sampling of today’s front pages within collegemediatopia.

Notre Dame Student Paper Apologizes, Examines ‘What Went Wrong’ with Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax Coverage

In a special front-page column published today, the editor-in-chief of The Observer apologized to readers at the University of Notre Dame for mistakes the paper made related to coverage of the Manti Te’o online love hoax. As Allan Joseph writes, “We at The Observer were one of the many organizations taken in by the hoax, and we published stories mentioning [Lennay] Kekua’s death. . . . Since Wednesday, I’ve taken the time to review our coverage mentioning the Kekua story, and while the results are encouraging, we did make mistakes.”

Both Deadspin Reporters Who Exposed the Manti Te’o Football Love Hoax are Students

Both Deadspin reporters who pieced together the big story of the moment– the non-existence of Notre Dame football star Manti Te’os dead girlfriend– are students. Timothy Burke is a Ph.D. candidate in communications at the University of South Florida. (OK, yes, just technically still a student.) And Jack Dickey is a straight-up senior at Columbia University, on winter break when he began the investigation.

College Media Podcast: Hazelwood’s College Journalism Impact & a New iPhone Photo Watermarking App

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.

The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work, and an array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools. In our current episode, we chat about the implications of the infamous Supreme Court Hazelwood ruling on college media today– tied to the ruling’s recent 25-year-anniversary. In addition, Bryan introduces Marksta, a mobile app enabling photo watermarking– helping photojournalists protect or add context to their digital images.

‘No Paper, No Problem’: An Interview with Former (& Future) Famuan Editor Karl Etters

Karl Etters is the most well-known and embattled student editor at the moment within collegemediatopia. Until recently, Etters was the editor-in-chief of The Famuan at Florida A&M University– until the administration intervened. FAMU j-school dean Ann Kimbrough recently suspended all Famuan editorial operations. Etters and others missed covering their school, so they started Ink and Fangs, an independent online news outlet. In a phone chat last night, Etters explained the rationale behind the sudden start-up of his “rogue website,” the latest on the staff’s reapplication and training process, and his current journalism outlook.