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1 Million Story Ideas Special: A Photocomic Education

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Over the past decade, digital tools and mobile platforms have rocketed journalism to a universe of innovation, interactivity and immediacy once unimaginable. Yet, without stellar content, journalism 2.0 is not worth the effort to read, watch, click on, scroll through, contribute to or connect with. Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with an idea.

So let’s brainstorm. Read More

Draw Your Professor: Website Asks Students to ‘Transform Instructors Into Art’

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Forget the numerical rankings and written assessments shared by students on Rate My Professors. The latest entrant in the faculty evaluation arena is all about the visuals.

The six-month-old website Draw Your Professor specifically bills itself as “the truth about school, in stick figure form.”

As The Chronicle of Higher Education explains to students, “You search for your institution, browse a list of professors, select someone to draw — and then, with a digital sheet of college-ruled, loose-leaf paper and a palette of standard Microsoft Paint colors, you’re free to transform an instructor into art.” Read More

The Insider May Be Egypt’s ‘First Nationwide Student Newspaper’

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The Insider may be the most powerful, pervasive student press outlet in all of Egypt. Started by a single student in January 2011 at German University in Cairo amid the backdrop of rising protests and political upheaval, Insider outlets now operate in various forms at 10 colleges and universities across Egypt.

As student founder Shaheer Shaheen shares with Al-Ahram Weekly, the online and print pubs regularly reach a combined 120,000 readers and boast more than 250 student staffers. To that end, Shaheen describes the Insider as nothing less than Egypt’s “first nationwide student newspaper.”

While still young and finding its footing on some campuses, it appears to be firmly rooted at its starter school. In little more than three years, The Insider at GUC has collected 25,000 likes for its Facebook page. Read More

College Media Geeks: Jim Rodenbush, Outgoing Daily Collegian News Adviser at Penn State

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Jim Rodenbush recently relocated to the St. Louis area — leaving behind State College, Sandusky and The Daily Collegian.

He also leaves behind a lasting legacy within contemporary collegemediatopia. As news adviser of the Collegian at Penn State University for more than three years, he provided indelible counsel to student journalists on a reporting mission of a lifetime — tackling a massive child sex abuse case, a fallen iconic coach, a university leadership shakeup and questions (so many questions) on who knew what when and why more wasn’t done until it was way too late.

His new gig a time zone away from Pa. may be in the professional sphere – regional digital editor for GateHouse Media’s 25 southern Illinois publications – but he will forever be a true college media geek.

In a recent interview, Rodenbush reflected on his Collegian advising days, opined on the current state of the student press and offered advice to future college media leaders. Read More

College Media Matters Joining Forces with ACP

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Happy Tuesday. To all my loyal readers — and those not in my classes and extended family — I just want to share a brief bit of bloggerrific news. As the new header atop College Media Matters hints, CMM and the Associated Collegiate Press have (re)entered into a wonderfultastic partnership.

The organization is known to many of us as ACP, an acronym synonymous with student press advocacy, education and excellence. It is this country’s oldest and largest college media membership organization. It is also a major college media convention player. And it is the purveyor of the esteemed Pacemaker awards, informally known as the student press Pulitzers.

Simply put, ACP is a titan within collegemediatopia that I am fiercely proud to call a partner. To confirm, CMM will absolutely remain editorially independent. And while I’m excited to roll out some new initiatives and see what sticks, in general the blog will continue to maintain the tone, content and posting frequency I’ve worked to construct over the past six years. Read More

Daily Egyptian Student Newspaper Delivery Truck Stolen, Chased by Cops & Totaled

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In the eyes of at least one alleged criminal, there is still some value to print journalism — or at least the vehicle toting it around.

Last week, a middle-aged man in Carbondale, Ill., allegedly stole a delivery truck rented by The Daily Egyptian student newspaper at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He then led police on a crazy late-night chase. Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: Morning Routines

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Over the past decade, digital tools and mobile platforms have rocketed journalism to a universe of innovation, interactivity and immediacy once unimaginable. Yet, without stellar content, journalism 2.0 is not worth the effort to read, watch, click on, scroll through, contribute to or connect with. Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with an idea.

So let’s brainstorm. Read More

Lantern at Ohio State Making Major Print Cuts, ‘Evolving Into More of a Digital-First Product’

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The Lantern student newspaper at Ohio State University will reduce its print presence in three major ways starting in the fall. The cutbacks are a response to decreases in print advertising revenue, a drop in reader pick-up rates and a declining educational focus on print newspaper work.

As Lantern editor-in-chief Liz Young reported yesterday, the paper’s most visible reduction will be to its print publishing schedule. Come fall, the pub will appear on and near OSU’s campus twice weekly instead of four times per week — with an extra edition printed each Friday before a Buckeyes home football game.

In addition, the size of each print issue will shrink slightly. And the number of printed copies for each edition will drop by more than 30 percent — from 14,000 to 9,000. Read More

Arizona State J-School’s Takeover of PBS Station in Phoenix ‘Has Game-Changing Potential’

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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University just announced it is adding a crown jewel of epic proportions and three very well-known letters to its kingdom: PBS.

According to USA TODAY, “Starting next Tuesday, the j-school will own and operate Eight, Arizona PBS, the PBS outlet in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market. It will take over news and public affairs programming on the station’s three TV channels and its website. And, more intriguing, the school will offer the station as a venue for professional news outlets to experiment as they try to reinvent journalism in the digital age.” Read More

Should a Reporter Cover the GOP, Politics if He Interned with Obama During His Student Days?

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Should students’ past internships impact their journalism work and the areas they report on?

Some factions of the conservative press are howling a resounding yes, while lodging criticism at The New York Times for allowing a recent Princeton University graduate with a politically-tinged and Democrat-leaning internship history to report on the GOP. Read More

College Media Geeks: Sarah Kirkpatrick, Outgoing Daily Free Press Editor-in-Chief at BU

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Outgoing Daily Free Press editor-in-chief Sarah Kirkpatrick at Boston University recently summed up the rigors facing student journalists with compelling candor. As part of a letter announcing her exit as EIC, Kirkpatrick offered a glimpse into the college media battle royale between technology and tradition, the classroom and the newsroom and idealism and reality.

As she shared, “At this very moment in time, I would argue, student journalists are caught in one of the most difficult situations of any type of student. We are asked to keep up with modern trends, and criticized by the traditionalists when we strive too far outside the box. We are asked to hold ourselves to the highest possible standards, and get scoffed at and feel defeated when we can’t do absolutely everything. We must put sufficient effort into our classes and work ridiculous hours on extracurricular publications to have a shot at any sort of future.” Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: Bits of Positivity

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Over the past decade, digital tools and mobile platforms have rocketed journalism to a universe of innovation, interactivity and immediacy once unimaginable. Yet, without stellar content, journalism 2.0 is not worth the effort to read, watch, click on, scroll through, contribute to or connect with. Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with an idea.

So let’s brainstorm. Read More

Podcast: Major Shift for Some Student Press Websites & a Retooled RebelMouse

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Welcome to the latest installment of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture with Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media.

The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work and an array of helpful and innovative tips, sites, programs and tech tools. Read More

Media Guru: Print is Dying, Adults Must Stop Lying to Journalism Students About Its Potential

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Journalism innovation guru Clay Shirky believes print is a “wasting asset” and that students ignorantly, inaccurately believe in it because “adults [are] lying to them” about its long-term potential.

In a new blog post spreading like wildfire within the geeky journalism interwebs, Shirky rails against print nostalgists — adults in the media whose lingering attraction to ink stains and the way things were has blinded them to the realities of today’s and tomorrow’s news landscape.

He argues their nostalgia is infecting the next generation with a similarly warped belief that print will be — must be — OK in the long run even while all signs point to its “terminal decline.” Read More

30 Funniest Student Press Headlines of the Year

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Along with mounting investigations, raising important issues, innovating like mad and, umm, you know, going viral for writing about anal sex, the student press presented a rash of funny headlines this past academic year. Some headers mixed wit with a serious editorial point. Others offered top-notch satire. Still others found humor in brutal honesty. And a few were just scratch-your-head weird.

Below are 30 of my favorites. I stumbled across a large majority of them randomly. They made me smile, chuckle or genuinely laugh out loud. Most appeared in student newspapers or student humor magazines — at least the online editions — between June 2013 and June 2014. I’m not ranking them, but I did choose one grand prize winner. It’s at the very bottom of this rundown. The editor(s) who came up with it can proudly boast or run from the honor of the Funniest Student Press Headline of 2013-2014. Read More

Student Talk Show Pulled from Campus Radio Station After ‘Sexy Snapchats’ Fundraiser

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A below-the-belt effort to raise funds for the student radio station at California Polytechnic State University stirred some press attention late last semester and has forever tarred the station’s Google prints with words like genitals, butt holes and penis birthmark.

The 60-second rundown of this strange shenanigan: The two student hosts of “Getting It In,” a (weirdly-named) sex talk show on KCPR-FM at Cal Poly, decided to up the ante on the station’s fundraising by promoting a “sexy Snapchats” deal involving pictures of the pair’s penises and rectums. As they wrote on Facebook:

“For only $20 dollars you can have a week of sexy Snapchats featuring the hosts of ‘Getting It In.’ If you have ever been curious about which one of us has a birthmark on our penis or which one of us has a tighter butt hole, this is your chance to find out. Assemble $20 dollars of CASH ONLY (checks, gift cards or pre-paid credit cards will be shredded justly and promptly.)”

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Student Newspaper Investigation Pierces Silence Surrounding Illegal Frats

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Lisa Khoury spent the past seven months examining a set of student groups at University of Buffalo that regularly deal drugs, haze pledges and party hard. They also technically “do not exist.”

Illegal fraternities are social organizations sharing almost everything in common with recognized Greek fraternities — except their official status. “They stay together after national organizations [shut them down],” Khoury explains. “They operate outside the system and protect their members’ identities by encircling themselves in a code of silence.”

Khoury, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo and a former managing editor of UB’s independent student newspaper The Spectrum, attempted to pierce that silence with a 4,700-word investigation of illegal UB fraternities published earlier this month. Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: Warning, This Class May Offend You

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Over the past decade, digital tools and mobile platforms have rocketed journalism to a universe of innovation, interactivity and immediacy once unimaginable. Yet, without stellar content, journalism 2.0 is not worth the effort to read, watch, click on, scroll through, contribute to or connect with. Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with an idea.

So let’s brainstorm. Read More

College Media Podcast: Mourning vs. Reporting & Muck Rack’s New Link-Tracking Tool

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Welcome to the latest installment of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture with Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media.

The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work and an array of helpful and innovative tips, sites, programs and tech tools. Read More

Student Journalist: ‘The 10 Commandments of Social Media’

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In an op-ed for The Daily Titan at California State University, Fullerton, David Coats lays out what he is proclaiming to be nothing less than “The 10 Commandments of Social Media.” On spec, it seems to be geared toward all Internet users, young and old, but it’s definitely most directly aimed at the college crowd.

As Coats puts it, “Learn it, live it, love it. It will make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.”

Along with some lighthearted admonishments (“Thou shalt not post every meal ever consumed”) and generalities (“Thou shalt consider thy audience”), he includes two meatier, more significant rules I personally consider worth sharing to the student journalist set. Read More