Oklahoma State Student Paper to Begin Charging Non-Local Web Readers

Starting soon, certain visitors to the online home of The Daily O’Collegian must pay to enter.  The student newspaper at Oklahoma State University recently entered into an arrangement with Press+, an “e-commerce platform . . . that enables digital news publishers to collect revenue from readers.” — — Only a fraction of the O’Collegian online readership […]

College Media New Year’s Resolution: Embrace the Big Online IOU

It is another new year within collegemediatopia.  The New Year’s resolution that should top every student journalist’s 2011 list: Go Web First, ASAP. — — For all the talk about the innate Internet abilities of the young, the mobile, and the wireless, the truth is that a large majority of current students still have no […]

University of Colorado Student Newspaper: “We Don’t Quit”

As the “structure and future of journalism” collapsed this semester at the University of Colorado, one foundation held steady: The CU Independent. — The student newspaper reported with grace and gusto about a bevy of big stories in fall 2010- including the controversial “discontinuance” (read: quick, painful death) of the university’s journalism school. — In […]

Harry Potter Exclusive: Ball State Student Designer Explains How Daily Prophet Came to Life

“It was like I was in Harry Potter’s wizarding world,” said Jen Minutillo, “even if it was just for a day.” — The Ball State Daily News chief designer recently spearheaded the creation of a special issue for the student paper: The Daily Prophet, the newspaper of record in the land that Rowling built.  “I […]

My Take: The Point of Journalism School, Anyway

A National Public Radio report recently reopened one of the most spirited debates within collegemediatopia.  The question at its core: “What’s the point of journalism school, anyway?” — The report presents the classic arguments: the skyrocketing cost of higher education vis-à-vis the decline in mainstream news media careers versus the still-powerful impact of quality journalism and the […]

Are Students Receiving Too Much Tech Training in Journalism School?

Are j-schools and j-programs “jumping on the flashy new media bandwagon” at the expense of the basic skills of the craft? — According to a new About.com piece by Tony Rogers, a veteran journalist and head of the j-program at Bucks County Community College near my old stomping grounds in Pa., there is a growing […]

College Media’s Future: Should Student Journalists Be Paid?

The Orient as we know it is dying.  The Bowdoin College student newspaper is bleeding money from its coffers at a pace that will soon make printing actual copies an unaffordable luxury. — In an easy-breezy blame game, the big fat target is the college’s SAFC.  Last fall, the Student Activities Funding Committee suddenly sliced […]

LSU Shreveport Student Paper Resumes Printing, for Free

The Almagest at LSU Shreveport is back in print, sporting a “newly-designed, all-color” hard copy issue for the first time in a year.  The student newspaper had been forced to shed its ink-stained edition out of financial duress last fall. — As the paper itself reported: “Since the beginning of the current economic depression, every […]

Student Newspapers *Still* More Popular in Print

Since the dawn of time, and through the rise of online, one immutable truth remains, ink-stained: The student newspaper is popular in print. — In recent years, at least once a semester, a new trend piece emerges to confirm that the hard-copy campus pub is *still* outshining its online counterpart.  (Bryan Murley and I even […]

Harrisburg University Starts “Social Media Blackout”

On Monday, beginning at midnight, the IT team at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will temporarily restrict students, faculty, and staff from accessing Facebook, “its social media kin” such as Twitter, and various wikis via computers connected to the campus network.  According to an Inside Higher Ed report, the intriguing weeklong “social media blackout” […]

Prairie Student Newspaper “Back to Basics,” Back in Print

After a year in flux, The Prairie, the longtime student weekly at West Texas A&M University, is back in print, in newspaper form.  According to a local television news report, 1,500 copies were distributed earlier this week across campus.  Last year, due to “low funds and trouble finding a publisher,” the paper morphed into a […]

College Students Become Mini-Moguls While Still in School

In April 2007, Zephyr Basine arrived at school for her noontime biology seminar- and immediately zoned out. Instead of learning science, the sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst carried out a “fashion-scoping session.” While the professor spoke about organisms and evolution, Basine focused on her fellow students’ outfits and accessories, scouting for something new, […]

Student Blames Sleeplessness on Journalism, Campus Paper

Kay Nguyen is overworked, undervalued, and entering the throes of uber-sleep-deprivation.  The Oakland University commuter student always enjoyed a routine family life and a rigid early-to-bed-early-to-rise schedule . . . until she received a laptop and a news media itch.  Cue headlines, ledes, and late, late nights. — As she asks in an amusing new […]

American’s Eagle Forced to Clip Budget, Print Run

The Eagle at American University is scaling back its print run and making other adjustments due to “financial difficulties.” In an open letter to readers, the student newspaper’s editor in chief Charlie Szold announced a 50 percent budget cut, from $100,000 to roughly $50,000.  He rightly termed it “generally unpleasant.” — — The twice-weekly broadsheet […]

Journalism Education 2.0: New Media, New Mindsets

What are the positive characteristics of American journalism education 2.0? According to a recent Diverse Issues in Higher Education report, they include: — – More students than ever.  As the DIHE piece relates: “To be sure, unlike daily newspapers, magazines and commercial TV newscasts, journalism schools are not struggling with their numbers. Enrollment has inched […]