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.

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.

Student Social Media Directors, Check Out Michigan Daily’s Citizen Journalism Tool #MichLinks

Student news outlet social media directors, take note: a reader engagement exercise potentially worth emulating is in its third month of operation at The Michigan Daily and seemingly finding success. As the Daily explains to its readers, #MichLinks is a “citizen journalism tool that compiles reporting about Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.”

Oregon Journalism Students Having Trouble Checking Out Multimedia Equipment They Need (@DailyEmerald)

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon are increasingly having trouble checking out reporting 2.0 tools like video cameras and digital recorders from the school stockpile, a report late last week in The Oregon Daily Emerald revealed. Apparently, a new set of classes is requiring their use, suddenly making demand dramatically outpace supply. Frustrations are up. Assignments are being submitted late. Deadlines are being pushed back. And work quality is suffering.

10 More Funny College Memes: Kony 2012, Spring Break Tans & Dorm Bathroom Cleaning

As I’ve posted previously, one the major stories of the semester so far: college memes. Campus-specific memes have been invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. A rash of student media reports and social media chatter confirm that undergraduates’ online experiences have been hovering between “meme madness” and full-blown“meme mania.” I recently shared a sampling of memes posted on college meme Facebook pages. Building on that post’s popularity, I wanted to offer another glimpse at college memes being produced by students at schools nationwide.

Two Offbeat Diversity Stories: Common Readings & Campus Portraits (@thecrimson @cornellsun)

A pair of stories that would fit snugly into the diversity beat caught my eye in Ivy League student newspapers recently. They are both reminders that diversity issues are present on every campus beyond the gender spread, skin color, and birthplaces of the student body and staff. In these cases, they are also hanging on the walls and assigned as readings.

Draw Something: A Student’s Take on the ‘Hottest, Most Addictive’ App on Earth (@WeDrawSomething)

In the past week, two words have been flung at me by my students, colleagues, friends, and family, spoken like an order coming from an art teacher: Draw Something.  The app is currently the “hottest, most Addictive iPhone game” on the planet.  In the guest post below, University of Tampa student and Minaret chief copy […]

College Media Memes: Cats, Freshmen Reporters & the Best Undercover Journalism . . . Ever

In the midst of academia’s continued overwhelming meme madness, I have been putting together a growing list of memes focused specifically on collegemediatopia– its student staffers, faculty advisers, digital tools (and distractions), and style rules. Below is a glimpse at what will hopefully soon be a gargantuan list featured on the College Media Memes Facebook page.

Kony: Buzzword of the Week Within College Media– and the Rest of the Web World

“Kony 2012,” an activist documentary of sorts “featuring shocking images of kidnapped child soldiers” in Uganda, has gone mega-viral since its Monday premiere. The video by the charitable organization Invisible Children has apparently “united everyone from college students to celebrities in support for the campaign” to save these youngsters from the alleged brutality of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.

How to Launch a Crazy Cool Student Newspaper Website Using WordPress (@BUPipeDream)

In my memory, I picture green. Dark green. A quick check on archive.org confirmed it. Until recently, the website for The Pipe Dream, the student newspaper at Binghamton University, was overrun with a green palate that hovered somewhere between grass and puke. Cue Daniel O’Connor.

College & Cook Magazine Bringing Student Foodies Together; Interview with Founder Audrey Scagnelli

George Washington University sophomore Audrey Scagnelli once burnt the croutons she was toasting, triggering a fire alarm that led to a campus building evacuation. Embarrassed, the political communication major brought local firefighters who raced to the scene some raspberry napoleons. She also turned the experience into a magazine spread. Scagnelli is the founder and editor-in-chief of College & Cook…

Her Campus Enjoys First Month of 1 Million Visitors; True Student Start-Up Success Story (@HerCampus)

Less than three years since its launch, Her Campus, the national culture and news site billed as the “collegiette’s guide to life,” is a millionaire. The site boasted 1.2 million visitors in February, its first month breaking that landmark amount. In an announcement about the feat, HC editor-in-chief Stephanie Kaplan wrote, “[W]e had over 1.2 million visits to HerCampus.com during February– WOW! I mean, we knew you liked to spend time on your laptops, but… ;)”

College Media Adviser Meme: Monkeys, Moonwalks & Jesse Eisenberg (@billiakbar #acpsea)

The genius that is Bill DiNome was recently unleashed on a popular college media list-serv. The student media coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, premiered a new meme tackling the competing perceptions about the role of a college media adviser.

College Media Memes: First-Person Features, Hipster Columnists & Newsroom Pizza (#acpsea)

In the midst of academia’s continued overwhelming meme madness, I have been putting together a growing list of memes focused specifically on collegemediatopia– its student staffers, faculty advisers, digital tools (and distractions), and style rules. Below is a glimpse at what will hopefully soon be a gargantuan list featured on College Media Memes.

Princeton Student’s Column Criticizing Annual Giving Prompts Online Comments War (#acpsea @Princetonian)

A Princeton University senior’s column in yesterday’s Daily Princetonian calling “the whole premise of annual giving . . . problematic” has spurred a wowzer of a debate in the online comments section. A majority of the commenters, proclaiming themselves Princeton students and alums, are nastily ripping into the student columnist as ungrateful for the education and Ivy League experience she has received. At least one comment has even brought her family into the mix, prompting the student’s mother to comment back in defense of her and her daughter.