Covering the Death of a Campus Icon

When an Elon University legend died, Elon News Network responded the only way they knew how

Oregon Journalism Students Having Trouble Checking Out Multimedia Equipment They Need (@DailyEmerald)

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon are increasingly having trouble checking out reporting 2.0 tools like video cameras and digital recorders from the school stockpile, a report late last week in The Oregon Daily Emerald revealed. Apparently, a new set of classes is requiring their use, suddenly making demand dramatically outpace supply. Frustrations are up. Assignments are being submitted late. Deadlines are being pushed back. And work quality is suffering.

Journalism Professors: When Your Students Want to Cover March Madness, You Excuse Them From Class

In the oddest piece I’ve come across this week, a professional-in-residence (AKA visiting prof.) at Marquette University debates how he should have responded to a pair of his students who asked to be excused from class to cover March Madness-related events in person for reputable outlets. For some reason, this debate takes 1,000 words and involves multiple sources weighing in. Seriously?

Top San Fran Student Papers, The Golden Gate Xpress & The Guardsman, Join Forces to Cover Statewide Protest

Spurred by a protest, a pair of top-notch student newspapers in the city by the bay are collaborating. Beginning this morning, The Golden Gate Xpress at San Francisco State University and The Guardsman at the City College of San Francisco are joining forces to provide real-time, multi-platform coverage of the March in March, an organized statewide higher education budget cuts protest.

In Reporting Class, DePauw Professor’s Use of a Student’s Public Records Spurs Debate & an Investigation (#acpsea)

It has quickly become the most hotly-debated journalism lesson so far in 2012. Late last month in an advanced reporting class, a DePauw University visiting journalism professor passed out a student-athlete’s public records– including her social media profiles and documents related to a recent arrest– for a session on accessing documents. It has spurred complaints from some of his own students and a subsequent ongoing imbroglio with DePauw administrators.

College Media Hall of Fame: David Teeghman, Founder, J-School Buzz, University of Missouri (@JSchoolBuzz)

J-School Buzz, an independent student blog focused with unblinking intensity on the University of Missouri School of Journalism, awes me. At the moment, it is the only hyperlocal student blog within collegemediatopia of any significance. It continues to break interesting stories and trigger debates of consequence in Columbia, Mo., and beyond. And it is staffed by students within the Mizzou J-School who are unafraid to doggedly and at times critically report on their own program, possibly angering those who give them grades, might recommend them for internships, and consider them from scholarships.

2012 Journalism Word of the Year: Entrepreneurial

2012 is only a month old and it is already a mortal lock: Journalism’s word of the year is entrepreneurial. It is being bandied about by j-profs and programs everywhere, finagling its way into existing course syllabi, new courses, full degrees, books, and workshops.

West Virginia University Journalism Students Can Now Earn Extra ‘Certificate of Digital Proficiency’

As The Daily Athenaeum reports, the School of Journalism at West Virginia University has begun offering an extra Certificate of Digital Proficiency to go along with its main degree programs. The Certificate will be granted to students who complete a set of courses specifically targeted to “skills in interactive journalism, video editing, blogging and design software.” A glimpse at the course offerings confirms it involves a sampling or two from most of those listed areas.

‘Journalism Plus’ Program Officially Kicks Off at University of Colorado

The controversial ‘journalism plus’ program at the University of Colorado is officially launching at the start of the school’s spring semester. According to an announcement on a university-controlled site, more than 45 students are enrolled in the program.

Median Salary for Journalism Majors: $50,000

Based on last year’s census data, the median salary for journalism majors now in the professional ranks: $50,000.  My first reaction: Wow, honestly, that is higher than I thought it would be. — According to a great Romenesko+ post summarizing Wall Street Journal data, “Journalism majors do slightly better than English majors in the job […]

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 […]

Dan at AEJMC Conference: Come See Me in St. Louis

Like many journalism educators, I’m heading this week to St. Louis for the annual Association of Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention. I’m presenting twice, including at the gathering’s sole college media session.

Florida Atlantic Student Journalists Create Newspaper Without Computers: ‘OMG WTF?’

Student journalists at Florida Atlantic University are in the midst of a grand experiment in good ol’-fashioned journalism. Through some funding from The Society of Professional Journalists and under the direction of beloved-former-adviser-forever-guru Michael Koretzky, staffers at The University Press are putting out an issue sans Internet, computers or high-tech tools of any kind.

Young Journalist: ‘Reporters Are a Sketchy Breed’ :p

Angel McCurdy is a young journalist.  Yet, she jokes on Twitter that her love of “dresses, floral patterns, DIY projects, and newspapers” means she might actually be 80 years old. — As a staff writer at a kick-a** Florida daily, McCurdy has been fully ensconced in all-things journalism for awhile.  In her words, “I’ve been […]

Boulder Daily Camera: University of Colorado ‘Vague with Direction of Journalism Education’

Journalism’s place at the University of Colorado feels far from assured and the plan in place to shepherd it to its new incarnation is coming across as muddled, an editorial late last month in Boulder’s Daily Camera alleges. — This past spring, as many in the journalism community are aware, the Board of Regents at CU […]