Georgia’s Red & Black Student Newspaper Premieres First Magazine Edition Online

As part of its dramatic transformation, The Red & Black at the University of Georgia launched a monthly magazine edition this semester known simply by the punctuation mark &.  The first issue of the 32-page full-color glossy mag unveiled itself in print a few weeks back, according to faculty adviser Ed Morales, but made its […]

Should Student Press Outlets Charge for Online Content? If So, How?

Last winter break, a flurry of web chatter greeted the decision of The Daily O’Collegian at Oklahoma State University to begin charging select readers a minimal fee to access its online content.  As I mentioned in a related post, the paper is the first known college news outlet to attempt an online pay scheme of any sort. — […]

Student Newspapers 2.0: ‘Welcome to a Media Revolution’

The Red & Black, one of the largest and most-feted college newspapers in the country, recently dropped a bombshell on its readers and the student journalism community. In a wraparound section of a special issue published on the first day of the new school year, the University of Georgia student newspaper revealed it will be switching from a daily to a weekly print edition.

You Know You Stink at Digital Journalism When…: Part 2!

Late last month, I premiered “You know you stink at digital journalism when…” It’s a fun feature that is nothing more than a list of completions to the sentence in the headline of this post. Idealistically, I saw it as a possible starting point for a future class session. But mostly, I just wanted to see what I could conjure up. Back by popular demand, here is part two.

You Know You Stink at Digital Journalism When…

For fun, a colleague challenged me yesterday to complete the following sentence, “You know you stink at digital journalism when…” Idealistically, it was meant as a possible starting point for a future class session. Realistically, it was just to see what I could conjure up.

Boise State Student Media Director: ‘Total Change in Yearbook Landscape is Needed’

Are yearbooks dying?  Boise State University student media director Brad Arendt isn’t buying.  Instead, he simply thinks a reinvention is needed in how they are distributed and produced. — This past week, a CNN Money report  became the latest in a long line of to-hell-in-a-handbasket stories concerning the fate of print yearbooks.  (My most recent […]

Online Video Collection: ‘Important Lectures for Journalism Students’

Principles of Good Journalism. Why Newspapers Matter.  Media in Transition.  The Future of Publishing.  How Did the News Get So Dumb? These are the names of just a few of the lectures, seminars, and workshops included in an interesting list compiled and posted by

‘Print-Hating Generation Still Reads the College Newspaper!’

As digital and online media conquer the world, college students are still most content to read their campus newspapers in print. — It is not breaking news, confirmed over the past few years by a number of news outlets and marketing surveys– including a fall 2010 Poynter Online piece (screenshot below) and a Washington Post Magazine […]

Duke Chanticleer: ‘Portrait of a Yearbook’ as an Old Man

At nearly a century old, The Chanticleer, Duke University’s yearbook, is dying— at least in its current form. — A profile of the yearbook published in The Chronicle, the school’s student newspaper, during spring semester paints a grim picture.  The staff is having trouble giving free copies away.  Its top editor admits many students do […]

College Radio to Observe Moment of Silence to Raise Awareness of Station Sales

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is calling for a moment of silence on college radio stations at exactly 11 a.m. EST this Thursday.  According to CBI, the aim of the synchronized dead air scheme is to “bring awareness of the deep impact that the sale of student radio stations is having on campuses and their surrounding communities.” — […]

University of Colorado Journalism School to Close After Regents’ Vote

In a 5-4 decision, the Board of Regents at the University of Colorado-Boulder voted yesterday to close CU’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication.  The vote officially ends a long discontinuance process that has been viewed by some as an isolated issue affecting a single school and by others as a harbinger of dark days ahead […]

UPIU a ‘Mini-Internship’ of International Proportions

Suleiman Abdullahi was recently an eyewitness to the birth of the world’s newest nation. — In early January, the 20-year-old Kenyan journalism student flew to Juba, Sudan, to cover the massive referendum responsible for the creation and upcoming independence of South Sudan. As Abdullahi wrote, he arrived in the prospective nation’s capital city with a travel […]

Twitter Interview Requests: #Innovative or #Epicfail?

Over the past year, I’ve noticed an emerging student press trend on Twitter.  It doesn’t yet have its own hashtag, but if it did it might read something like #helpoutajstudentyo. — An increasing number of student journalists appear to be employing Twitter as the prime spot to seek sources for their story (or class) assignments […]

SPLC’s Adam Goldstein: ‘The Future is . . . Divergence’

Divergence. Adam Goldstein is convinced this single term holds the key to the success of college media in the 21st century. — The impassioned attorney advocate for the Student Press Law Center is sick of convergence.  He believes it is a false prophet, a cheap-and-easy cross-media catch-all that audiences do not actually want or benefit from. […]

Student Journalist Portfolios: How to Build, Sell Your Brand

It has become the rarest of rarities: a student journalist portfolio site potential employers actually enjoy looking at and clicking through. — Every student who wants to work in media should put together an online portfolio of some sort.  But simply having one is not enough.  And most of the ones I’m sent or come […]