“A Wand to Conduct Some Thunder”

August 20: The modern student newspaper is both a “haven from the tempest” and “a wand to conduct some thunder.”   So says Washington City Paper at the start of an amusing, more-comprehensive-than-normal profile of six student newspapers in greater Washington D.C. One other portion worth sharing: “Real newspapers are losing readers by the minute, […]

Keanu Reeves Would Be Pissed

Aug. 19, 2008- The Matrix is not appearing right now at Macon State College in Georgia.     The ban is not on the Keanu Reeves movie (or its crappy sequels). The Matrix is the college’s student newspaper, shut down by administrators eager to create a media advisory board in the wake of tensions between […]

To Save or Delete? That is the Question

Aug. 19, 2008 – A Shakespeare-level drama is unfolding at Seattle Pacific University–minus an s.   About 10 years ago, SPU student Shakespear Farwythian was arrested for alleged sexual assault. He was suspended from school. The Falcon, the student newspaper, published a story about the incident. The charge was later dropped. The original Falcon story […]

Will They Harvest Blogs and Webcasts?

August 18- Even the name just sounds cutting-edge: the Center for Media Innovation and Research.   The Center debuts this fall at the University of Florida, under the direction of veteran journalist David Carlson. And Carlson and administrators describe it using a different moniker: a media farm. “We won’t raise vegetables,” Carlson told a university […]

PR, a Superficial Fix, and Not a Fix at All

August 18- Both high school and college educators in California who back student journalists’ free speech rights will hopefully soon have legal backing of their own to call upon when needed.   As the Student Press Law Center reported, Senate Bill 1370, originally dubbed the “Journalism Teachers’ Protection Act,” has passed the state Assembly and […]