Budget Cut May Sideline Print Edition of MTSU Paper

What does it say about the online journalism revolution that a majority of its younger members are not yet in any hurry to join it and often even fight against it? — An example: Middle Tennessee State University is proposing a $100,000 budget cut for The Sidelines student newspaper that would effectively kill the paper’s […]

Journalism is Dying . . . Except in School!

Two items of interest came my way yesterday via RSS.  First, in England, applications from students aspiring to obtain journalism degrees from the country’s universities are up 24 percent (?!?!) from last year. —- As the Press Gazette report notes, this astounding rise comes amid an industry tumble in which more than 1,000 j-jobs have […]

“Campus Publications Face Cash Crunch” at Princeton

Who or what is truly to blame for the economic toil and trouble in collegemediatopia? —- A Daily Princetonian report notes that a number of student-run publications at the university are in various states of financial duress, the editor of one noting that the staff was “scrambling to accrue ad revenue.”  The four main reasons […]

25 Random Things About Modern College Media: Part 2

Last week, I kicked off my list of “25 Random Things About Modern College Media,” putting a professional twist on the Facebook-centric personal list phenomenon that continues to give us insights into parts of people’s lives I had no idea I ever wanted to know about.  My dip into collegemediatopia randomness continues below, with Part […]

Student Newspapers’ Newest Trend: TGI F-ed

Does Friday matter in collegemediatopia? —— In separate announcements both made Monday, The Washington Square News at NYU and The Daily Free Press at Boston University announced that they most likely or definitely will be cutting their Friday print editions. ——– DFP Editor’s Note: “The economic downturn has affected everything from Wall Street to Main […]

25 Random Things About Modern College Media: Part 1

Inspired by the Facebook phenomenon “25 Random Things About Me,” which I’ve now happily received from roughly two dozen friends and colleagues (Time reports more than 5 million such lists have been completed since the start of the month), I’ve drawn up my own “Random” list.  It’s not personal, but professional passion-based.  Below is part […]

Dan Becomes a Journalism Ninja…

I recently laid out my thoughts on the present and future of journalism, mass communication, j-education, and new media as part of a new AEJMC Web feature “Discussing JMC with…” Three of my answers and the cool ninja icon included on the page are below: —–—— How do you define mass communication? It is still, as it has always […]

First Amherst, Then The World!

It’s independent.  It’s Web-only.  It’s student-run.  It’s The Amherst Wire, an online news magazine started roughly one year ago by three multimedia journalism students at UMASS with a passion for “good storytelling, rich multimedia content, interactivity, and fostering community dialogue on the issues that affect our lives.” ——– ——– The current tagline: “Local. New. Media.”  […]

“Moving the Classroom Into the Newsroom”

In its latest issue, American Journalism Review documents the first few years of an interesting arrangement between the University of Alabama and the Anniston Star, a newspaper covering a community about two hours from UA’s main campus.  ——– The basics: A small group of students enrolled in UA’s journalism master’s program spend a year in the Star […]

Real Story of Inauguration: Live Streaming Video

An open letter to Mindy McAdams, purveyor of online journalism teaching tips and tools and creator of that wonderful timeline noting significant moments in online news reporting:  —— Inauguration Day 2008 was considered historic even before it happened (literally, with CNN.com imploring Web surfers before the big day to be sure to “Watch History Unfold”).  In the end, however, from […]

College Journalism ICONN Makes Conference Debut

Online student journalism at the college level now has the beginnings of a nationwide advocate and Internet connection: ICONN, the Intercollegiate Online News Network.  It’s still definitely in beta form (its Web site is a Facebook group page), but this association “of individuals, academic programs and professional organizations dedicated [to] connecting student web journalists and […]

First University-Based Investigative Journalism Center

I consider this the first momentous day in collegemediatopia in 2009: Boston University just announced the launch of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR).  The press release bills it as the “[n]ation’s first university-based, non-profit center to probe local/regional issues.”  It partners a who’s who of Boston-area media organizations with BU journalism faculty […]

Dude, You Stole My Blog Post

In early January, I posted a blog item about a change at a little-known student news outlet, as reported by a little-known professional news outlet.  I’d come across the original news item a month before my posting, saving it for the winter break dead zone when not much is happening in collegemediatopia. ——— Almost immediately […]

Why Saying Goodbye to Friday Edition Is A Good Thing

It was widely reported this past week that The Minnesota Daily at the University of Minnesota is dropping its regular Friday print edition to save money amid the economic and advertising downturns affecting student and professional newspapers. ———– I don’t believe this is simply another sign that the student journalism apocalypse is upon us.  Saying […]

J-students “instinctively know something . . . journalism will survive”

A host of quotes from j-profs and j-school department heads about what they tell their students, via an About.com: Journalism article, found via a St. Louis Post Dispatch report.  (My own thoughts follow in brackets.): ———- Tony Chan, journalism professor at the University of Washington at Seattle, about print journalism: “I’m telling my students to […]