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.

Students Trash Copies of Georgia State Signal Issue Featuring Sorority Hazing Reports (@gsusignal)

Only hours after a recent issue of The Signal hit campus newsstands at Georgia State University, students were seen allegedly trashing roughly 250 copies, a Student Press Law Center Report confirms. The most likely motivation for the students’ hasty dump-and-run: reports in the issue on GSU sorority hazing practices and other Greek organization investigations.

Two Offbeat Diversity Stories: Common Readings & Campus Portraits (@thecrimson @cornellsun)

A pair of stories that would fit snugly into the diversity beat caught my eye in Ivy League student newspapers recently. They are both reminders that diversity issues are present on every campus beyond the gender spread, skin color, and birthplaces of the student body and staff. In these cases, they are also hanging on the walls and assigned as readings.

Campus Paper Reports on Cockroaches, Food Safety Violations; 650 Copies Stolen. Coincidence? (#nyc12)

Roughly 650 copies of The Unfiltered Lens have been reported stolen at the Community College of Rhode Island, prompting speculation the thefts may be a response to Lens reports on cockroaches and food safety violations. Noting that other publications distributed on campus were noticeably left stacked in their newsstands, the paper’s editor-in-chief Robert Armistead said “it leads me to believe that it is something specific with our newspaper, and more specifically with this issue.”

Oklahoma State Student Senate to Daily O’Collegian: Allow SGA Members to Write for the Paper (@OColly)

In a short, spirited column appearing in today’s Daily O’Collegian at Oklahoma State University, opinion editor C.J. Cavin is forced to reassert a longstanding rule at the paper: Members of the school’s student government are not permitted to serve on staff. — Late last month, the OSU student senate passed legislation stating that SGA members […]

Chicago State Ordered By Law to Reinstate Fired Student Newspaper Adviser (#freepressvictory)

In a fascinating First Amendment and free press ruling, a federal judge has ordered Chicago State University to rehire a student newspaper adviser fired in 2008 after articles critical of the CSU administration were published. According to local news media and a Student Press Law Center report, the school must reinstate Steven Moore to his previous position– executive director of communications– for at least one year and erase negative references within his employment records. Firing him, the federal judge overseeing the case confirmed, was a violation of his free speech rights.

Fort Hays State SGA Cuts More Than $30,000 from Student Newspaper’s Budget (@FHSULeader)

The Student Government Association at Fort Hays State University has dealt a sudden financial thunderclap to the school’s student newspaper, The University Leader. The SGA ripped more than $30,000 from the paper’s budget, cutting its funding support from $50,000 to a bit less than $20,000.

Student Press Headline of the Day: Fetus Blood vs. Real Blood

A recent opinion piece in the University of North Florida Spinnaker defending the shock value of an organization’s anti-abortion campaign definitely got my attention for its shock value of a headline.  As the op-ed topper states simply, “I Guess Fetus Blood Doesn’t Count as Real Blood.”

Daily Illini is Up $150,000; For the First Time, Students Will Help Fund the Paper (@TheDailyIllini)

Late last week, University of Illinois students voted to approve a $3-per-student-per-semester fees increase to help support The Daily Illini. It is the first time the paper’s operating company Illini Media has asked for such assistance.

Purdue Professor Under Fire Charges Student Newspaper with Anti-Semitism

A professor under fire at Purdue University Calumet is now charging the school’s student newspaper with anti-Semitism. The gist: PUC political science professor Maurice Eisenstein has been allegedly spouting uber-offensive comments about Muslims and other groups for years in class and on his Facebook page.

Kony: Buzzword of the Week Within College Media– and the Rest of the Web World

“Kony 2012,” an activist documentary of sorts “featuring shocking images of kidnapped child soldiers” in Uganda, has gone mega-viral since its Monday premiere. The video by the charitable organization Invisible Children has apparently “united everyone from college students to celebrities in support for the campaign” to save these youngsters from the alleged brutality of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.

Should Voting Totals from SGA Elections Be Public?

The Student Government Association at Butler University is refusing to release the full results from a recent SGA election, placing the organization at odds with the school’s campus newspaper and students favoring transparency. The fight raises an interesting question: How open should student governments be when releasing the results of its own elections?

How to Launch a Crazy Cool Student Newspaper Website Using WordPress (@BUPipeDream)

In my memory, I picture green. Dark green. A quick check on archive.org confirmed it. Until recently, the website for The Pipe Dream, the student newspaper at Binghamton University, was overrun with a green palate that hovered somewhere between grass and puke. Cue Daniel O’Connor.

Oklahoma Daily Pushes for Gender-Neutral Campus Housing in Special Front-Page Editorial

The Oklahoma Daily is leading the charge to bring gender-neutral housing to the University of Oklahoma. In today’s issue, the paper splashed a special editorial calling for the policy’s approval across its entire front page. As editor-in-chief Chris Lusk explained in a separate letter from the editor, “While a newspaper must inform, there are times when a newspaper must speak up for what’s right. . . .”

UCONN’s Daily Campus in ‘Dire Straits’ Financially; Editor Writes SOS Letter to Students

Amid an ever-gloomier financial outlook, The Daily Campus at the University of Connecticut is apparently in serious danger of folding without an immediate increase in student fees support. In an open letter of sorts to UCONN students published on Huffington Post, the paper’s editor-in-chief Melanie Deziel outlines the crippling budget woes befalling the Campus and the many cutbacks staff have made in recent years to keep operations in the black. The piece’s headline: “SOS: Save Our Student Newspaper.”