Amid College Newspaper Carnage, Why I’m Still in Favor of April Fools’ Editions

In recent years, the fallouts from student press April Fools’ editions have ratcheted up– or maybe it just seems that way due to social media.  Regardless, I strongly believe in the usefulness and power of these special issues.  When done right, they can start much-needed conversations, trigger university-wide belly-laughs, and memorably point out all manner […]

At University of Portland, ‘Campus Ministry Forces Student Media Out’

The student newspaper and yearbook staffs at the University of Portland are being evicted from their offices in the school’s student center to make room for professional staff overseeing a campus religious group. Portland administrators apparently decided upon the shift without consulting students serving on either publication.

Drunkorexia: Students Starving All Day to Drink at Night

Drunkorexia. Over the past academic year, the five-syllable word has become the most publicized new disorder impacting college students. A growing number of students, researchers, and health professionals consider it a dangerous phenomenon. Others dismiss it as a media-driven faux-trend. And still others contend it is nothing more than a fresh label stamped onto an activity that students have been carrying out for years.

Wisconsin’s Daily Cardinal Turns 120; Special Issue Honors Alums Such as Anthony Shadid

The Daily Cardinal at the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrated its 120th birthday today with a resplendent special issue reflecting on its past and predicting its future. As the paper confirms, “Since the 1890s, The Daily Cardinal has been a lens through which Wisconsin students have seen their world. . . . For the past 120 years, students have produced The Daily Cardinal through wars, protests and tragedies.”

Oregon Daily Emerald Accused of Racial Stereotyping in Basketball Brawl Coverage

The Black Student Union at the University of Oregon is accusing The Oregon Daily Emerald of racial stereotyping in its coverage of a fight last month between opposing players facing off in an intramural basketball playoff game. The group is also charging the school’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) with racial profiling in its initial handling of the incident.

College News Mobs: 10 Tips for Staging a Successful Student Journalist Swarm

The Orange County Register’s planned “news mob” coverage of this evening’s opening day Major League Baseball game between the Angels and Royals is earning quite a bit of buzz, including a pair of write-ups from Jim Romenesko. Building on heavy advance coverage, more than 100 Register staffers (including roughly 70 reporters) “will descend on Angels Stadium” later today, providing a nonstop torrent of stories that makes the standard definition of comprehensive seem obsolete.

Student Petition Pushes for Fired Daily Texan Cartoonist to be Rehired

An active petition on with more than 170 signatures is demanding The Daily Texan reinstate embattled former cartoonist Stephanie Eisner. The University of Texas sophomore was fired late last month after an editorial illustration she created addressing the Trayvon Martin case earned immense criticism from pockets of readers and a bevy of national media attention.

Santa Monica College Newspaper in National Spotlight for Protest, Pepper Spray Coverage (@The_Corsair)

The Corsair, the student newspaper at Santa Monica College, is in the national spotlight for its comprehensive continuing coverage of student tuition protests that resulted in a high-profile pepper-spray incident Tuesday night. The protests are an offshoot of growing student anger over the school’s tiered tuition plan. The plan charges more money per credit for enrollment in more popular classes, including some that students need to complete various major and general academic requirements.

Student Press Trend: Editor Resignations; Is This a Good Thing?

Over the past two months, three top editors have resigned from the student news outlets they helped run following high-profile screw-ups. In late January, Devon Edwards resigned as managing editor of Onward State at Penn State University after sending out the mistaken tweet read and believed ’round the web about the death of Joe Paterno. Late last month, Adam B. Sullivan suddenly quit his post as editor-in-chief of The Daily Iowan following a front-page debacle in which photos of hospitalized meth burn victims were aligned with a story on criminal meth addicts. And most recently, earlier this week Chelsea Diana was forced to resign as editor-in-chief of The Daily Free Press at Boston University following the publication of a callous April Fools’ issue featuring drugs, sexual assault, and Disney characters.

Rochester Student Magazine Changes ‘F-ck Cats’ Cover of April Fools’ Issue at Request of School Officials

Editors of Reporter magazine at Rochester Institute of Technology removed the phrase “F-CK CATS” from the cover of its upcoming April Fools’ edition yesterday at the urging of school administrators. After the change, other portions of the already-printed issue– traditionally renamed Distorter– were trashed as well.

Daily Tar Heel Editor at UNC Defends Controversial Trayvon Martin Cartoon

The Daily Tar Heel is facing criticism from some student and alumni readers at the University of North Carolina for publishing a nationally-syndicated cartoon about the Trayvon Martin saga. As The Huffington Post confirms, late last week, the paper published an editorial illustration showing “police responding to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

10 Tips for Journalism Students: Creating Great Video Profiles (@KaiminNews @BradyMoore)

I recently came across a fascinating video journalism series produced by The Montana Kaimin at the University of Montana worth emulating or using as inspiration: “1 in 15,000,” a regular video profile of individual students at UM. Two excellent “1 in 15,000” examples are below, both put together by Kaimin staffer Brady Moore.

Daily Tar Heel Editor Selection Process at UNC Used to Be Insane

It reads like a mix between “Hunger Games” and “Survivor.” Apparently, in the past, students vying for the position of Daily Tar Heel editor-in-chief at the University of North Carolina had to run in a CAMPUS-WIDE election similar to a student government vote. A new article in the DTH commemorating the 20-year-mark since this process ended outlines a bevy of problems with this “John Carter”-sized #epicfail. The paper’s general manager says simply about his memories of that time: “It decimated the staff.” The words nightmarish and popularity contest also appears in the piece.

Most Popular Tennessee Daily Beacon Story: ‘Masturbation, Steak Theft Plague UT’

A whopper of a headline leapt out at me during a web scan of The Daily Beacon website yesterday afternoon. The header tops an article containing crime report highlights from a decade of campus life at the University of Tennessee. The oddity: It first ran in 2004, but eight years later remains the most popular story on the Beacon site. The headline: “Masturbation, Steak Theft Plague UT.”

Time to Wake Up: Independent Student Newspapers are Struggling Financially

Student newspapers are struggling financially. The decade-long plights of the professional press have at last weaved their way into the land of collegemediatopia. If not quite a time of reckoning for campus papers, we have definitely entered a prolonged period of dramatic change– cutbacks, weary sighs, and hopefully some spirited reinventions. That is the gist of what I told Connecticut Post reporter Linda Lambeck late last week when contacted for a quote.