Harvard Student Humor Magazine Tricks Donald Trump with Fake Presidential Endorsement

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College media have officially entered the 2016 presidential race.

In the best bit of tomfoolery to hit the campaign so far, The Harvard Lampoon tricked leading GOP (joke) candidate Donald Trump into believing he was receiving a serious presidential endorsement.

Staffers at the venerable Harvard University student humor magazine apparently told Trump’s people they were ready to publicly endorse him for president — all while pretending to be members of The Harvard Crimson campus newspaper.

Trump took the bait, posing for an instantly-iconic thumbs-up photo with the Lampoon team. The pic is now online, accompanying a full-on parody editorial headlined “Crimson Endorses Trump for President.” Read More

Best College Newspapers: 2015 Ranking Released by Princeton Review

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My sincere congrats to staffers, advisers and alums of the pubs that made the cut for Princeton Review’s 2015 “Best College Newspaper” Ranking. Just please promise me you will at least step back for a single moment and deep-dive into the absurdity of the selection process. (And for those whose papers were left out, learning about the process will make you feel better, I swear.)

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Tabloid in Print, Tiled Online: The Reinvention of The Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona

Later this month, The Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona will officially unveil its new identity — sleeker in design, more responsive online and on mobile and more digitally-friendly in the newsroom.

In a new College Media Podcast chat, Daily Wildcat editor-in-chief Jessie Webster lays out the details behind the components at the core of the outlet’s reinvention. The main four:

1) A cutback in print from daily to thrice-weekly.

2) A print redesign built around tabloid.

3) The creation of new staff positions — including digital editors for every section — and some related newsroom workflow adjustments.

4) A redesigned website set to embody the tiled design scheme of sites like Pinterest. Read More

Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 5, Final Tabloid Tips)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester. Read More

Join #collegemedia Live Chat This Sunday August 2nd at 7 p.m. EST

1This Sunday night, join the #collegemedia live chat. Stop by Twitter starting at 7 p.m. EST for a fun, free-flowing, hour-long discussion about college media, new media, millennials and the future of journalism.

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Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 4, Tabloid Staffing & Workflow)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester. Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 14)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

Daily Reveille at LSU Preparing for ‘Swift Transformation,’ Possibly with Less Print

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The Daily Reveille at Louisiana State University may soon undertake a “swift transformation.” The aim is to better position the 118-year-old student newspaper for success in the new media environment, boost revenue and reader relevancy and prepare student staffers for post-grad journalism careers. The changes may include a reduction to the daily printing schedule, a move at least a few TDR alumni are voicing initial concerns about on social media.

In a blog post yesterday, new LSU student media director Steve Buttry shared a document outlining his thoughts for a reinvented Reveille. He originally created it a few months back for the search committee when applying for the director position. Read More

I’m Really Starting to Hate the Whole ‘Best College Newspapers’ Clickbait Phenomenon

Fake exciting news! There is a new vomitous list online purporting to spotlight the “Top 50 College Newspapers” in the U.S. The list-makers offer no methodology as to how the list was created. If I’m reading it right, they simply admit they plagiarized from other eye-roll-worthy lists. They also provide no timeline for the selections. Apparently, these are just the best papers EVER, in the past and in perpetuity — cause, you know, college pubs with those pesky high staff turnover rates and lots of reinventions never change that much from year to year, right?

Look, I love almost every pop culture mention or representation of college media, including Onion spoof articles and that so-bad-it’s-funny “Fifty Shades of Grey” student newspaper interview scene.

But I’m officially over the whole “Best College Newspapers” clickbait phenomenon. I mean, yes, I get it. You want to drag in readers with words like Best and Top and expand your site’s journalism or college-focused cred. But anyone who actually knows anything about college or journalism just laughs at this stuff or gets angry with the woeful descriptions and related factual errors. Read More

Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 3, The Tabloid Experience for Readers)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester. Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 13)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 2, The Cover Story Challenge)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester.

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Student Media Preparing to Slack En Masse? Ithacan Webmaster Says Digital Platform is Perfect ‘Collaboration Tool for College Newsroom’

The Ithacan digs Slack. The real-time digital messaging and workflow platform is gaining uber-momentum within collegemediatopia. In last Sunday’s Twitter chat, a number of student press editors and advisers said they are experimenting with Slack or have already decided to make it their virtual news meeting space.

The Ithacan student newspaper at New York’s Ithaca College may be college media’s most impassioned Slack convert so far. In a new post on Medium, Ithacan webmaster Evan Sobkowicz writes, “Slack has proved to be an amazing open, real-time communication and collaboration tool for a college newsroom.”

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CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 12)

During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 1, The Tabloid Backstory)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester. Read More

How Should Student Journalists Cover the 2016 Presidential Race?

1Current and recent student journalists, journalism professors, student media advisers and news media professionals tackled this question during a recent #collegemedia Twitter chat. For more insights and advice from the regular chats, check out the #collegemedia live chat page. Read More

Join #collegemedia Live Chat This Sunday July 26th at 5 p.m. EST

1This Sunday afternoon, join the #collegemedia live chat. Stop by Twitter starting at 5 p.m. EST for a fun, free-flowing, hour-long discussion about college media, new media, millennials and the future of journalism.

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College Media Podcast: Ana Goni-Lessan, Adviser, The Cougar, University of Houston

1Ana Goni-Lessan is the activities coordinator within the Center for Student Media at the University of Houston, making her the adviser of The Cougar student newspaper. She is also an award-winning reporter, photographer and graphic designer who graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication. During her undergrad days at UF, among other pursuits, she served on staff at The Independent Florida Alligator.

For this edition of the College Media Podcast, Goni-Lessan spoke to me in person from her office in UH’s state-of-the-art Welcome Center. At one point early on, a blender can be heard through the walls. She (rightfully) blamed student government. :) Read More

Why Should Students Major in Journalism?

1Current and recent student journalists, journalism professors, student media advisers and news media professionals tackled this question during a recent #collegemedia Twitter chat. For more insights and advice from the regular chats, check out the #collegemedia live chat page. Read More

North Texas Daily Tells Readers Why It Didn’t Run Alleged Frat Hazing Story

When is alleged fraternity hazing not worth reporting? When the principal source doesn’t pass muster and all the facts don’t appear to add up.

The North Texas Daily at the University of North Texas posted an interesting editor’s note yesterday explaining the paper’s rationale for not publishing details of a reputed frat hazing hullaballoo. ThinkProgress just ran a related story, calling the frat’s treatment of a former student pledge “appalling.”

Yet, according to the North Texas Daily editorial board, that student approached the paper first. While staffers of course saw the story he shared as potentially newsworthy and combustible, a number of details proved sketchy, the student’s motives seemed questionable and at one point his personal safety was deemed at risk. Read More