Student Journalists/Programmers: “Reservoir Dogs of the Profession”

They are not students.  They are not journalists.  They are not programmers. They are student journalists/programmers.  (Really enunciate the term ‘slash’ for full effect.)  In an interesting new piece for MediaShift, Megan Taylor profiles a half dozen students who have melded the journalism and programming languages into a workable personal model that university media programs […]

Report: Journalism Should Be Embedded Within “Very DNA of American Higher Education”

Journalism education will not only survive but should be embedded into “the very DNA of American higher education,” according to an Ohio State University law professor. — As reported in a new Lantern piece, the prof’s vision of modern j-education includes “train[ing] people from all walks of life to deal with the enormous amount of […]

“University-Based Reporting Could Keep Journalism Alive”

As the professional press compresses and its original content wanes, student journalism will rise to a place of uber-importance, a new Chronicle of Higher Education report confirms.  As the piece quotes a professor recently telling his journalism students, “We are surrounded by people who say that the world is coming to an end, but it is […]

New Journalism Class: From Breaking News to . . . Tweets?!

“The way you make yourself valuable on the Web is: you edit the [expletive] Web.” – Jay Rosen — So begins the syllabus for a new tweetastic, microblogerrific DePaul University journalism class that is all atwitter over Twitter, employing the site’s 140-character-at-a-time grab-bag of information as the centerpiece of a semester-long practicum on journalism investigations […]

Emerald Publisher Hired Four Months After Strike About Hiring a Publisher

More than four months after staffers at The Emerald, the University of Oregon student newspaper, staged a high-profile, socially-networked strike over the hiring of an outside publisher, an outside publisher (with an insider’s credibility) has been named. — According to The Eugene Register-Guard, the student paper’s board voted unaminously to hire Kellee Weinhold after a […]

Oh Journalism School, How We Love/Loathe Thee: Part 17,689

Two recent pieces brought journalists’ love/hate relationship with journalism school back into the spotlight.  In the hate camp, Richard Sine writes on HuffPo with exasperated astonishment that anyone would pay for a journalism education given the current state of the economy and field. — In his piece, headlined subtly “Close the J-Schools,” Sine opines, “These […]

Live Chat Alert: What Should Journalism Students Be Taught This Fall?

The Poynter Institute‘s uber-amazing Al Tompkins (he’s basically the Obama of journalism story ideas via his Al’s Morning Meeting blog) is hosting a live Web chat THIS AFTERNOON (Thursday July 23rd) at 1 p.m. It is centered on the question: What do you need to be teaching your students this fall? — It is designed […]

Student Press Web Reinventions Continue with Siskiyou Site

A brand new Siskiyou is coming to a world wide web near you this fall, courtesy of a student journalist brave enough to act upon her recognition that the time for change had come. — As The Mail Tribune recently reported, the digital edition of The Siskiyou student newspaper at Southern Oregon University will soon […]

Michigan State J-Student Reacts to J-School Drama

The latest chapter in the ongoing Michigan State journalism school saga: Pamela Whitten, dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, has staged a behind-closed-doors “pep talk” with j-faculty and requested suggestions on possible replacements for current j-school chair Jane Briggs-Bunting, who Whitten recently asked to resign.  Whitten has also promised to meet with […]

Daily Nexus Editor: Print Newspaper Still in Play on Campus

I received an excellent comment recently from Mackenzie Weinger, editor in chief of the esteemed Daily Nexus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She further confirms a truth I’ve fought hard to get recognized over the past year (through this blog and via a chat with CICM’s Bryan Murley): College students are still reading […]

Michael Jackson Death Coverage NOT a New Media Triumph

Every major breaking story nowadays comes with a seemingly instant meta-analysis of how new media have fared while impacting the story’s coverage. Case in point: a CNN piece about the Michael Jackson death gossip-mongering news coverage. — My take: This is NOT a story that symbolizes new media’s shining greatness. In fact, they are hardly […]

Michigan Daily, Time to Step Up, Due to the (Lack of) Competition

The Ann Arbor News will cease being a daily newspaper starting in late July, according to a new Poynter report.  It will reemerge as a more svelte online-only operation publishing a print paper twice a week.  The reason this latest newspaper-bad-news headline stands out amid the predicted print reckoning is that it will leave Ann […]

NYU Local Founder Cody Brown Tackles Batch vs. Real Time News Process and the New York Times

Let’s be honest: We’re all jealous of Cody Brown.  The guy oozes Kobe Bryant-Bono-Obama-level cool.  He founded and runs NYU Local, the raddest student media site in Manhattan.  He also has a laugh-out-loud awesome Flash mugshot of himself.  (The trick is to keep watching it for a bit…)  And he recently jumped into the real time […]

Should Indy Student Photographer Have Legal Protection?

A student unaffiliated with any campus or professional media outlet is arguing that the photos he took of a crime scene last April cannot be confiscated by police.  Why?  According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, he says he was a freelance journalist while taking the photos. — Hmmmm.  It is an interesting dilemma.  Are you a journalist […]

Report: Journalism Grad Students Getting Jobs . . . in Journalism

A new Daily Finance report confirms that a very healthy number of journalism students earning degrees from graduate programs at Columbia University and City University of New York are finding jobs in the j-field.  “As bad as things are in the media industry, j-school grads are, far more often than not, finding jobs,” the report states.  […]