The Onward State Joe Paterno Death Error Saga: The Complete Storify

In the wake of the Onward State Joe Paterno death error saga, I have put together a Storify providing a full listing of relevant links that collectively lay out the gist of what happened and the larger lessons we can hopefully all take away. The hope is that it might be a helpful resource for j-students, student media staffers, and their advisers and profs.

Weber State Professor Explores Role of Homesickness in American History

As students recently returned to campuses for the start of spring semester, there is one especially nagging feeling many brought with them: homesickness. Whether it’s missing family, pets, friends or the comfort of the familiar, the notion of homesickness is undoubtedly as embedded within higher education as Spring Break and Saturday football. In her new book, Homesickness: An American History, Weber State University distinguished history professor Susan Matt traces the evolution of this longing sentiment from America’s earliest days.

10 Early Observations About JimRomenesko.com, Journalism’s Newest Destination Site (@romenesko)

In the wake of his expedited departure from Poynter, Jim Romenesko has established an eponymous independent site that has been passionately embraced by many in the journalism community. Even with his longtime A-list name recognition, the rapidity of the site’s rise in popularity and influence is startling.

Student Newspaper Publishes University of Alaska Salary Database

The Sun Star student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has published a faculty and staff salary database for the entire UA system. Its launch is part of a larger look at UA’s finances, nicely summed up by the headline of a related feature: “How much money does it take to run the University of Alaska?”

Alabama’s Crimson White Offers Interesting Take on Paterno Legacy re: Bear Bryant (@TheCrimsonWhite)

In a piece published earlier today, The Crimson White at the University of Alabama offers an interesting take on the death and legacy of longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. CW staffer Rich Robinson reports from the perspective of UA and Tuscaloosa, where similarly beloved coach Bear Bryant died close to 30 years ago.

Dorm Furniture Fun: What are Students Allowed to Trade, Move Out or Alter? (@princetonian #college)

In a recent opinion piece I just came across in The Daily Princetonian at Princeton University, a pair of student writers tackle the issue of dorm room furniture. In particular, they focus on school policy governing the relative freedom students have to lend, borrow, move out, and alter school-issued furniture in on-campus rooms. The piece prompted an audio brainstorming session that you can you tune in by clicking on the play button below. Its aim is helping student media staffers, their advisers, and j-profs possibly plan a related report of their own.

Penn State’s Daily Collegian Publishes Special Edition on Joe Paterno (@DailyCollegian #PSU)

The Daily Collegian has published a special commemorative edition honoring longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Related pieces touch on Paterno’s upbringing and early coaching career, his devotion to family and charities, the reactions of his former players, and the scandal that overwhelmed his final days.

Caught in the Web with Katelyn Sweigart #1

Caught in the Web is a new CMM feature created and maintained by Katelyn Sweigart, the web editor of The Mustang Daily and a senior journalism student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It lays out a range of web tools and platforms aimed at helping student journalists up their writing, reporting, and multimedia awesomeness.

Onward State Founder Explains ‘What Happened Last Night’ with Paterno Death Mistake

In a post shared this morning, Onward State founder and general manager Davis Shaver candidly explains how the Penn State student news outlet mistakenly reported Joe Paterno’s death prior to its actual occurrence. According to Shaver, the error seems to have been caused by a pair of deceitful happenings in rapid succession: a hoax email from a supposedly high-ranking PSU official and a dishonest Onward State reporter.

Penn State’s Daily Collegian: ‘Messages to Joe Paterno’

In a video report completed last night and shared moments ago, Daily Collegian staffer Kelley King asks students gathered at the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno a single question: “If you could say one thing to Joe Paterno right now, what would it be?” The responses are especially touching amid word this morning that Paterno died overnight in the hospital.

Onward State Editor at Penn State Resigns After Mistaken Scoop About Paterno’s Death

Devon Edwards, the managing editor of Onward State at Penn State University, has suddenly resigned. The resignation comes hours after the online student news outlet mistakenly reported that former PSU head football coach Joe Paterno had died from lung cancer.

A Student Editor’s 24-Hour Video Game Experiment

Late last semester, Miles Parks decided to play video games for 24 hours straight. Or in his words, “I was going to sit and game and turn my cerebral cortex into applesauce.” The student at the University of Tampa (where I teach and advise), an admittedly light gamer, conducted the multi-player, multi-platform, multi-game experiment in part to better understand his many friends and classmates who “can sit down at one end of an evening and beat up bad guys until the sun rises.”

Student Press Tackles Religion: Prayer, Finding Faith, Monastic Living & Church-State Separation

The deadline is looming for UPIU’s latest freelance student reporting contest, which is seeking pitches for stories focused in some manner on religion. As the contest intro mentions, “Religion has been a major topic in the news lately. Religious tensions underlie many of the simmering conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Questions about women in leadership, homosexuality in church, and other ticklish topics led the headlines in 2011.”

Married Students: What Rights, Benefits Should Schools Provide Their Spouses? (@UWBrandingIron)

In a letter to the editor published in a recent issue of The Branding Iron at the University of Wyoming, a UW senior relates her “concern and irritation with the lack of support for married students on campus.”

Quad News at Quinnipiac Goes Dark in Protest of SOPA

The Quad News, an online student news outlet at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, went symbolically “dark” yesterday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  While many college media pubs. wrote about yesterday’s wide-ranging web shutdowns, it appears the Quad News is the only student 0utlet to actually join the fight by also shutting down. […]