NC State Technician: “The Paper Needs Your Help”

In a rather shocking new editorial, the few remaining staff of The Technician, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University, have issued an extraordinarily blunt public assessment of the newspaper’s weaknesses.  The basic premise: Help us, or very soon we will not exist. — As the editorial began, “Technician is looking down the business […]

CoPress, We Hardly Knew Ye: Web Service Shutting Down

College media’s backbone has cracked.  CoPress, the student-run Web hosting service and all-purpose journalism think-tank, has folded a bit more than a year after its much-heralded arrival within collegemediatopia. — — In the closure announcement posted on its site earlier this week, founder Daniel Bachhuber writes with elegance and appreciable candor about the realities of […]

HackCollege Interviews Onward State Editors at Penn State (Nickelback Not Amused)

I recently came across an interesting audio interview featuring Davis Shaver and Evan Kalikow, two of the undergrad gurus behind Penn State University’s “unruly news blog” Onward State.  For those who might forget, the pair and their PSU new(s) media machine earned a prominent shout-out in a mid-January Chronicle of Higher Ed. piece.  The lead: […]

Optimist Student Newspaper First to be iPad-Friendly: Huge Step or So What?

The Optimist student newspaper at Abilene Christian University is promoting itself as the first campus publication worldwide that will be iPad-friendly. — As the U.S. News & World Report‘s fantastic Paper Trail blog noted in the post that broke this story: “The gadget will be available in 60 days, and a team of faculty and […]

Huffington Post College News Section, Behind the Scenes, Part 2: A Chat with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas can claim one slice of a team reporting Pulitzer Prize. His j-work is credited with inspiring a documentary film on HIV/AIDS in DC. He has taught a university j-class called Storytelling 2.0.  And as The Huffington Post‘s technology and innovations editor he writes a blog on Technology as Anthropology.  Simply put, this […]

Huffington Post College News Section, Behind the Scenes, Part 1: A Chat with Leah Finnegan

Leah Finnegan’s motto about the glasses she sports daily: Go big or go home. The former Daily Texan editor in chief has similarly large ambitions about impacting the college journalism scene nationwide.  She has taken a leave of absence from j-grad school at Columbia University to spearhead the launch of a College News section for […]

What Pay Walls, Meter Schemes Mean for College Media

Amid the gravity-defying hype centered on all-things-iPad (it really won’t have a USB port??), a more important journalistic drumbeat continues to sound.  As Rupert Murdoch, Steven Brill, and most recently the New York Times have confirmed: Pay walls or metered pricing systems for online news content will soon be coming to a high-profile Web site […]

Print Journalism Track Converged in New UNLV Curriculum

The end may be near for print journalism, the professional field and the academic major.  The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV is the latest j-school or program to announce a curricular reshuffle that includes an ink-stained goodbye to the print journalism concentration. — What used to be four tracks (print […]

Student Blogs “Determined to Reinvent College Journalism”

The still relatively new batch of online student outlets with new media sense and underground sensibilities have been dubbed nothing less than full-blown “blogging fraternities.”  A new Chronicle of Higher Education feature declares that the “national wave of student-run Web outfits [are] determined to reinvent college journalism. . . . Readers devour these sites. College officials […]

Best College Media Quotes, Fall 2009

This is the sixth installment of a multi-post glimpse back at the highlights and lowlights of fall 2009 in collegemediatopia. — Best College Media Quotes “Besides being illegal, heavy-handed control of college student publications is widely recognized both as unethical and as an unsound educational practice that deprives students of valuable learning opportunities. . . […]

In the Spotlight: College Fashion Founder Zephyr Basine

Zephyr Basine is a candy fiend who considers vanilla cupcakes (with extra frosting) manna from heaven and Sour Patch Kids fit to rule the world. She is also “a fan of fearless style” whose name has become synonymous with College Fashion. — Basine started CF as a personal blog while an undergrad at UMASS Amherst, […]

Huffington Post to Launch College News Section in February

BIG NEWS within collegemediatopia: The Huffington Post will launch a college news section in the middle of next month, according to several trusted sources. The section’s foundation will be news pulled with permission from established U.S. student media outlets, most prominently college newspapers. — The idea is basically UWIRE without the content sharing: It’s a high-profile, one-stop […]

Most Impressive College Media Startup, Fall 2009

This is the second installment of a multi-post glimpse back at the highlights and lowlights of fall 2009 in collegemediatopia. — Most Impressive College Media Startup: College News Network College News Network is a nationwide student press content-sharing service that Ohio University duo Ryan Dunn and Ryan Hendricks launched for just $17 in the wake of […]

Student Editor: “Eight Things Your College Newsroom Needs to Change”

The editor in chief of a top student newspaper is calling for change in a number of major and minor ways related to college news media outlets’ staffing, production, and presentation in the Web age.  In a new post on his personal blog, Brian Manzullo- the current Michigan Press Association College Journalist of the Year […]

Chat with CoPress Executive Director Daniel Bachhuber

Awhile back, I asked CoPress co-founder and executive director Daniel Bachhuber a few questions about his growing collegemediatopia empire.  I was not shooting for “60 Minutes” type intensity but the first two are more in-your-face than softball.  The queries do not center on concerns I have about CoPress as much as curiosities.  It’s not yet […]