College Media Hall of Fame: Arez Hussen Ahmed, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Iraq’s Voice

The College Media Hall of Fame is a digital enshrinement of individuals, news outlets, and organizations who have made a lasting impact on collegemediatopia or greatly contributed to it over the past year.  Much like last year’s inaugural batch (known as the CMM 10), this year’s inductees include standout student journalists, innovative student media entrepreneurs, and impassioned advocates […]

Journalism & Media Conferences: Top 11 to Attend in 2011-2012

Note: Check out my updated 2012 list — — A recent college graduate emailed me last week requesting a list of journalism and media conferences worth attending.  It is a fantastic question. — Below is a list of what I consider to be the most indispensable national-level get-togethers for those who are practicing, teaching, and […]

My St. Pete Times Piece: ‘Young College Shows a New Way for Kurds’

In this week’s Sunday edition, The St. Petersburg Times published a piece of mine in its Perspective section, a round-up reflection on my time in Iraq.  It’s a fitting capper to the trip and the seven-part series about it laid out over the past few months on CMM– focused on the first editorially independent student […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 7, “Kurdistan’s Story” (Conclusion)

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 6, “No More Violence at AUIS!”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). […]

Student Press Story Ideas: Alien Sex, Slow Sex, SlutWalks

The age of “paranormal erotica” is upon us, according to The State Press. In a recent column in the Arizona State University student newspaper, Mary Richardson writes that numerous books, films, and songs are implanting an overt, otherworldly sexuality into popular culture that is upstaging romantic interactions among mere mortals.

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 5, “All Saddam, All the Time”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 4, “The Halabja Hike”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 3, “The Saga of the ‘S'”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq.  Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi […]

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 2, “More Please”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq. Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). In mid-May, via a university grant, I traveled to the northern Kurdish region of Iraq to interview and observe the student staffers in action– along with gaining a glimpse of the university and region where their unfolding story is set. This series is centered on my trip.

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 1, “Sulimaniyah 90210”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq. Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media).

Guest Post: Jackie Spinner Reflects on Efforts to Launch Independent Student Newspaper in Oman

Former Washington Post staff writer Jackie Spinner has become a force within student journalism circles in the Middle East.  Over the past two years, she has helped launch pioneering independent student newspapers in both Iraq and Oman. — Her most recent efforts in the Oman capital city of Muscat centered on Al Mir’ah. The student news […]

NextGen Journal Gives College Students’ Spin on Global Events

Connor Toohill is attempting to break the college bubble. — Last fall, with the help of friends, Toohill launched NextGen Journal, a student-run news and commentary site, writ large. Its roughly 90 contributors are currently enrolled at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. — In terms of sheer geography, Toohill has arguably filled college media’s biggest niche. At […]

NextGen Journal: Student News, Voices Outside the College Bubble

With the help of friends, Connor Toohill launched NextGen Journal, a student-run news and commentary site, writ large. Contributors are currently enrolled at colleges and universities across the country and into Canada. NextGen’s standout niche is its international scope. It covers matters of interest and importance to students outside the bubble of their own colleges– “from dorm life to Darfur, and from climate change to Kid Cudi.”

Student Newspaper Editor Resigns Over ‘Sexual Hoax’

The editor in chief of a top campus newspaper in Britain has resigned after attempting to plant a story within a rival student publication involving sexual favors and dirty grading practices.