After Giants Super Bowl Win, Columbia University Student Suggests ‘Let’s All Take the Day Off’

In the wake of the New York Giants come-from-behind Super Bowl win, Columbia Daily Spectator staffer Jim Pagels has a bold suggestion for Columbia University administrators: Declare Monday a school holiday.

Claremont McKenna Student Magazine Breaks Stories About College’s SAT Manipulation Scandal

The Claremont Port Side, a student newsmagazine at California’s Claremont McKenna College, has earned national attention and New York Times shout-outs this past week for its spirited coverage of an SAT score-fixing scandal. On Monday, Claremont McKenna’s president informed students that an administrator had been regularly inflating student SAT scores presumably to help the school’s placement in numerous national higher ed. rankings.

Student TV Comedy Sketch ‘Rape is Funny’ Triggers Major Criticism, Protests at UCONN

A rape parody sketch that aired earlier this week on an independent student-run television station at the University of Connecticut is spurring massive campus controversy and growing media attention. The production– which I’ve seen referenced by the titles “Rape is Funny” and “Evil Blue Light”– ran during a comedy program on UCTV called “Shenanigans.” It was also featured on UCTV’s website like all other programming.

Want to Write for the National Online Student Outlet NextGen Journal? ‘Make a Pitch’ (@NextGenJournal)

Sixteen months after its launch, national online student news-and-views outlet NextGen Journal is growing and continuing to innovate.

The ‘Dumb F*ckers’ Fallout: 7 Lessons from the Student Newspaper Slip

In a recent late-night newsroom slip that has now been widely reported and mocked, The Suffolk Journal accidentally printed a sub-headline they undoubtedly immensely regret. In a story about a campus involvement fair, the Suffolk University student newspaper’s main headline simply dubs the event a success (with an explanation point). The sub-hed, however, states: “Even we had some dumb fuckers sign up!” Yikes.

Online Alcohol Course on ‘Called a Joke’ By Some Undergrads (#drinking @RedandBlack)

An online alcohol education course that incoming college students nationwide are required to complete is “ineffective and may actually encourage irresponsible drinking,” a new report in The Red & Black at the University of Georgia confirms.  (FYI The Red & Black is my favorite student newspaper in the solar system, if you cannot tell by […]

Student Newspaper Strip Club Headline Causes Controversy at Oklahoma State

A sexually suggestive headline sitting atop a recent article on the front page of The Daily O’Collegian has prompted an uproar on Oklahoma State University’s campus. As I previously posted, the OK State student newspaper topped a front page centerpiece about a new strip club opening near campus with the header: “Diamond in the Muff.”

Suffolk Journal’s ‘Dumb F*ckers’ Slip Prompts Apology

An unfortunate slip in yesterday’s issue of The Suffolk Journal at Boston’s Suffolk University triggered an immediate apology from the student paper’s staff.  In a story about a Winter Involvement Fair, the main headline simply dubs the event a success (with an exclamation point).  The sub-hed, however, states: “Even we had some dumb fuckers sign […]

Student Press Love & Sex Stories: Hickeys, Virginity, and Dating Histories (#hickeys @BootyDrop)

Below is a screenshot sampling of recently published columns in student news outlets nationwide directly tackling matters of sex and love. Hickeys, masturbation, penile fractures (ouch), the art of wooing a woman, and an intriguing website called Booty Drop all make appearances. Happy Wednesday!

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.

Student Press Headlines That Make Me Giggle #10 (@OColly #stripclub)

The winner of today’s edition of this recurring giggly headline feature is The Daily O’Collegian, hands down.  The Oklahoma State University student newspaper topped a front page centerpiece about a new strip club opening near campus with the header: “Diamond in the Muff.“

Dartmouth Fraternity Hazing Scandal: Time for a Fresh Look at Greek Pledge Process

A column by a Dartmouth University student outlining the many degrading acts he endured while pledging a fraternity in 2010 has earned national attention for its extremely candid glimpse at hazing. As senior Andrew Lohse wrote at one point in the piece, headlined “Telling the Truth: “I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ ass cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses. Certainly, pledges could have refused these orders. However, under extreme peer pressure and the desire to ‘be a brother,’ most acquiesced.”

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.

East Carolina Hires Interim Adviser to Lead Campus Newspaper Weeks After Student Media Director’s Firing

East Carolina University has hired an interim adviser to guide The East Carolinian in the wake of former student media director Paul Isom’s controversial ouster. As one local news report confirmed, “Frank Barrows, former managing editor for the Charlotte Observer, will . . . serve in a consultant advisory role that oversees the day-to-day publication and online needs of students. Barrows begins work on February 6th.”

North Carolina State Technician Publishes Accidental ‘Gay’ Tweet

It is a tweet staffers no doubt wish they could take back: “i think i might be gay??” The odd questioning message popped up yesterday on the twitter feed of The Technician, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University. It was quickly deleted, but not before at least one reader spotted and retweeted it. The paper soon after apologized.