Student Media Story Ideas: Colleges Rapidly Purchase Porn Domains Before They Are Offered to the Public

Image control within higher education has gone triple-X.  At the moment, officials at colleges and universities nationwide are rapidly buying domain names sporting the .xxx URL. — Administrators’ primary goal with the purchases is protecting their schools’ online trademarks. At the same time, the hope is that the web acquisitions will help stop sites springing […]

‘Best of Collegiate Design’: Ideas for Student Newspapers, Magazines, Yearbooks, Websites

The winners of CMA’s annual “Best of Collegiate Design” competition have been announced and are now featured in all their colorful, creative glory in a nearly 150-page booklet

Student Media 2.0: Duke Chronicle’s Photo Blog Shutter Features Blue Devils Dancing, Dunking and Much More

Built atop the power of Tumblr, PhotoShelter, and more than 40 student photographers, The Duke Chronicle’s photo blog Shutter is a must-see snapshot smorgasbord.

Penn State’s Daily Collegian Sex Column ‘Mounting Nittany’ Temporarily Pulled

The buzzworthy sex column launched earlier this semester in The Daily Collegian at Penn State University has been placed on temporary hiatus in light of the sex abuse scandal that continues to overwhelm campus. — As I wrote previously on CMM, the early October premiere of “Mounting Nittany,” the first sex column published within the […]

Florida Student Columnist to Gator Fans: Don’t Be Mad at Urban Meyer for Taking Ohio State Job

Former University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer is now a Buckeye. In a press conference coronation yesterday, Ohio State University announced what had been leaking in sporting news circles for a week: Meyer, the former Gainesville hero who led the Gators to two BCS titles, was relocating to Columbus– and pocketing uber-millions in a […]

For-Profit Student Newspapers: New College Media Trend?

Can the student press turn a profit?  Michael Westendorf says yes, and he operates a newspaper aiming to prove it. — The Saginaw Valley Journal is an independent paper covering Michigan’s Saginaw Valley State University, an 11,000-student public school less than an hour’s drive from Flint.  The paper is a grand experiment of sorts– aiming […]

Campus Newspapers Cover Egypt Student Arrest Drama (Georgetown Hoya, Indiana Daily Student, Drexel Triangle)

As news observers are well aware, the relative calm in Cairo, Egypt, has once again been shattered by protests, spurts of violence, and political unrest.  A side-story within the larger saga: the recent brief detainment of three U.S. students studying for a semester at the American University of Cairo. — The undergraduate trio– enrolled in […]

Student Journalist Spotlight: Brian Dzenis, Editor-in-Chief, The Temple News

Temple University student Brian Dzenis is a devoted member of what he calls “Team Bacon.”  Along with journalism, Dzenis has publicly declared his enjoyment of three things most in this world: “sports, bacon, and foods that include bacon.” — The editor-in-chief of The Temple News, the student newspaper at the Philadelphia school, recently tested his bacon adulation and general carnivorousness […]

Iowa State Student Newspaper Publishes Special Digital Edition Hours After School’s Historic Football Victory

On Friday night, the eyes and hearts of college football fans nationwide opened to an underdog hero of instantly-mythical proportions: Iowa State University.  Of course, as any living, breathing human who has ever played Madden knows by now, the ISU Cyclones staged a double-overtime, come-from-behind win this past Friday against the then-undefeated, second-ranked Oklahoma State […]

Editor & Publisher Piece: Kentucky’s Need to Control Basketball Program Led to Student Newspaper Censorship

An “Ethics Corner” column in the latest issue of Editor & Publisher is offering one last journalistic smackdown of the deplorable student press censorship earlier this semester at the University of Kentucky. — For the uninitiated, here are the facts…  The timing: late August.  The location: Lexington, Ky.  The situation: University of Kentucky athletics officials, […]

College Media Story Ideas: The Freshman 15 Myth

The Freshman 15 is actually the Freshman 3.  According to a new report appearing soon in Social Science Quarterly, first-year students at colleges and universities only gain a bit more than three pounds during their first two semesters in school. — The “myth-debunking” finding stems from a long-term study that followed the weight fluctuations of more than 7,000 […]

Student Newspaper Theft at Texas A&M-Kingsville Linked to Story on Football Players’ Arrest

Hundreds of copies of a student newspaper were allegedly swiped and trashed last week at Texas A&M at Kingsville, an act linked to a front-page story about the arrest of two football players and an assistant coach.  It is the second football-related student newspaper theft at a school within the Texas A&M system in under […]

Penn State Daily Collegian Covering Widening Sex Abuse Scandal Nonstop

Update, Wednesday night: Daily Collegian news adviser Jim Rodenbush just wrote me, “The Collegian, which has been a five-day-a-week paper since going ‘daily’ in the 1940s, will publish its first-ever Sunday edition this weekend in response to Joe Paterno’s final home game Saturday and the ongoing scandal/story.” —— — As Penn State University’s paper of […]

Butler University Student Newspaper Criticizes Faculty Senate for Approving Closed-Door Meetings

The Butler University Faculty Senate has approved the option of holding future closed-door meetings, in part to keep The Butler Collegian from reporting on them.  The campus newspaper calls the move “a blow to transparency that possibly could remove important faculty and student interaction.” — The measure– confirmed in a vote last month by an overwhelming majority– […]

College Media Story Ideas: Do Early Classes Equal Higher Grades?

As students make their final course selections for spring, one schedule tidbit they should keep in mind: To boost your GPA, an 8 a.m. class might be worth waking up for. — A study released earlier this semester confirms that college students enrolled in early classes earn higher grades.  The researchers– a pair of psychology […]