The weekly podcast spotlights big college media news, standout student press work and tons of innovative tech tools. Click on the image above to listen in.

Leading Student Newspaper in the UK May Be Unable to Publish Due to ‘Funding Crisis’

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 5.57.45 AM

The Leeds Student at Britain’s Leeds University may be unable to publish a print edition for the remainder of the semester due to a “funding crisis” involving the school’s student union. The student newspaper’s sudden print-less plight has spurred a stream of criticism and concern from student groups, Leeds alumni and some of the paper’s former staffers — including those now working at A-list media throughout the UK. Read More

’14 Student Newspaper National Championship: A College Media March Madness Bracket

Hi

Update: Sweet 16 Special: Editors Weigh In!

With the play-in games complete and the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament officially set to start, I have completed a purposefully quirky college media March Madness bracket. It is inspired by a tweeted suggestion I received last night from Cory Weinberg, the bespectacled editor-in-chief extraordinaire from The GW Hatchet.

His request: “[Y]ou should post a bracket where teams win based on quality of college paper.” The tweet was quickly favorited by what I assume are faux Twitter accounts Weinberg set up to publicly pat himself on the back. Read More

Due to Budget Cuts, Student Newspaper at Missouri College May Go Online-Only

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 4.15.20 PM

The Columns student newspaper at Westminster College may be forced to drop staff pay and stop printing starting next fall due to budget cuts being imposed by the Student Government Association.

The SGA at the liberal arts school in Fulton, Mo., is apparently facing its own financial woes, forcing tough decisions on a variety of student programs and groups. As the paper’s adviser Maureen Tuthill tells the Columbia Daily Tribune, “SGA’s budget was cut massively, and they’re dealing with some difficult situations, which we completely sympathize with. We’re just trying to figure out a way to stay alive.” Read More

Temple Student Sues Philly Police After Being Arrested for Photojournalism Class Assignment

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 1.00.45 AM

A Temple University student is suing a pair of Philadelphia police officers over a two-year-old incident in which the student says he was mistreated, falsely arrested and prevented from practicing journalism.

On a whim one evening in March 2012, Temple film and media arts major Ian Van Kuyk snapped photos of police pulling over a neighbor’s car near his apartment in South Philadelphia. The pictures were part of a “night-photography assignment” he was completing for a photojournalism course. Read More

Out of Money, California Aggie Becomes ‘Volunteer-Based, All-Digital Newspaper’

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 5.50.39 AM

Facing enormous financial difficulties, editors of The California Aggie have decided to “halt all print production” and cease staff pay for the rest of spring semester. It leaves the University of California, Davis — at least temporarily — as the only school in the UC system without a print student newspaper.

As I previously posted, over the past five years, the Aggie’s advertising revenue has been in absolute free-fall, depleting its budget reserves from a half million dollars to less than $20,000. The number of paid staffers — and the amount they receive — had simultaneously dropped. And the paper had also shifted from an almost-daily (four times per week) to a weekly in print to help offset costs.

Read More

O’Colly at Oklahoma State Changes Name, Size & Publication Schedule

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 1.14.35 PM

The O’Colly, the impossibly awesome student newspaper at Oklahoma State University, is undergoing a massive reinvention that will leave it with a new name, new printing schedule and new print issue size.

Moving forward, the paper will be known as the O’Colly — its  longtime nickname (and web address) — instead of its current moniker The Daily O’Collegian. The loss of Daily in the name mirrors the dropping of daily in the printing schedule description. Staff will now put out a print edition three times each week instead of five. And the new every-other-day issues will be tabloid-sized instead of broadsheet. Read More

Southern Oregon Student Newspaper Faces Funding Cuts, Fewer Readers, Zero Ad Revenue

1

Funding for The Siskiyou student newspaper at Southern Oregon University will be cut starting next fall, leaving staff without pay and saddled with a website currently not sporting a single advertisement.

According to The Medford Mail Tribune, the Siskiyou went online-only in 2011. High-hopes about interactivity and 24-hour updates have faded to concerns about campus relevancy, low readership, less fresh content, fewer staff and now literally zero ad revenue.

Siskiyou editor Shannon Houston: “I do know our visibility has decreased, being online only. It makes it harder to let students know that we’re even around. In the long run, that [will] probably affect revenue.” Read More

20 Journalism Tips & Perspectives from Scott Pelley at ‘CBS Evening News’ & ’60 Minutes’

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 12.42.26 PM

“CBS Evening News” anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley inspired and educated journalism students, advisers and professors earlier this afternoon in New York City as the opening keynote speaker of the 2014 CMA Spring National College Media Convention. He delivered a plethora of what attendees described as “Twitter-friendly soundbites” related to advice and thoughts on the news business circa now. Read More

Washington State Student Newspaper Sex Column Featured on ‘The Colbert Report’

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 8.41.39 AM

Anal sex is huge right now at Washington State University. A seemingly innocuous column in The Daily Evergreen student newspaper touching on the backdoor shenanigans has officially entered the viral stratosphere – landing on an episode of “The Colbert Report” earlier this week.

The fun, perfectly sensible piece by staff writer Abby Student (yes, it’s her real name) pokes at the prevalence, psychological underpinnings and physical concerns of anal sex. It mixes references to an iconic Robert Frost poem (“The Road Not Taken”) and a comic strip joking about “backstage passes” with some basic advice about “safety first” and engaging in Kegel exercises post-anal-sex to help regain “bowel control.” Read More

Live from New York: Lots of Story Ideas at the CMA Spring National College Media Convention

GroupPhoto

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.

Building off this idea, a group of student and adviser attendees joined me this morning for a special workshop on the day before the official start of the CMA Spring National College Media Convention. (Pic below.) The goal: share and brainstorm as many story ideas as we could from the most unlikely or seemingly ordinary sources. Read More

Say Hi in New York! Stop By My Story Ideas, Sex, Satire & Hackathon Sessions

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 1.10.35 PM

Beginning Wednesday, the epicenter of the college media universe is New York City, The Big Apple, site of the CMA Spring National College Media Convention. I’ll soon be camped out at the Sheraton New York, along with a slew of other j-profs, student press advisers, professional journalists and j-students extraordinaire. Read More

Minnesota Daily Photos of Student Drinking & Drug Use Stir Reactions, Questions

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 1.48.17 PM

The Minnesota Daily provoked some arched eyebrows, at least a few guffawed social media reactions and one administrative email for a candid photo spread published last week as part of a report on student drug use and drinking in campus dorms.

The report itself is mostly innocuous, a by-the-numbers rundown of cited infractions over the past five years in University of Minnesota residence halls. Unsurprisingly, the largest chunk of documented dorm-related bad behavior is linked to alcohol and illegal drug use. Cue the provocative photos — displaying in-progress student consumption or preparation of substances such as marijuana and MDMA. Read More

College Media Podcast: Public Ethics Codes & an Expresso Writing Tool

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 1.29.17 PM

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

Reporting on Student Honor Code Violations: Student Pubs at Emory, Princeton Dive In

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 7.43.27 AM

The Emory Wheel, the campus newspaper at Emory University, will soon begin publishing the details of student honor code violations. It is the first college pub I’ve come across willing and able (through an arrangement with the school) to report on the results of Honor Council cases — proceedings normally conducted in strict confidence.

As outlined in Emory’s Honor Code, the most common student violations appear to be instances of plagiarism, fabrication, exam cheating and lying to a professor or administrator.

Similar to the style in which many student papers run campus police reports, the Wheel’s honor code coverage will feature “brief summaries that describe the nature of the violation, the verdict and sanction and the rationale for the Honor Council’s decision. Details about the parties involved and the course will be generic (e.g. a junior in an upper level humanities class).” Read More

A Print Paper, Without the Printing Part: One Student Outlet’s Unique ‘Digital Transition’

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 1.42.49 PM

The College Reporter, the student newspaper at Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College, recently dropped its weekly print edition and moving forward will produce content exclusively for its website. As I previously posted, the shift is the culmination of a three-year “100-percent digital transition” plan spearheaded by past editors of the paper.

One facet of the transition plan especially fascinated me: Staff are still planning to hold a traditional production night each week and lay out a print-style newspaper — and then not print it. They will email each issue to the campus community and upload it online as a PDF instead.

In last week’s edition of the College Media Podcast, I chewed over those details with Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media.

The questions I can’t shake: Why take so much time out from a full-blown digital journalism push to do something print-based? And why do something print-based without the print benefits (greater exposure on campus, advertising revenue, etc.)? Read More

‘Daily Tar Hell’ Disappears: NC State Student Newspaper Kills Annual UNC Spoof Issue

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.05.36 AM

For the past week, Sam DeGrave has been in a hell of his own making. The editor-in-chief of The Technician at North Carolina State University recently decided not to publish a 2014 version of The Daily Tar Hell, a spoof issue mocking its neighbor and rival the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Vitriol and calls for his firing have ensued.

According to the paper, “Since the 1980s, Technician editors have conspired to make fun of UNC-Chapel Hill and the town of Chapel Hill in the annual edition of The Daily Tar Hell, a satirical riff on The Daily Tar Heel, the student-run newspaper at UNC. Some years, the Tech guys pulled it off; others, it all fell through. The Tar Hell [has] embodied the rivalry between the two schools.”

In response, the Daily Tar Heel’s perspective: “We like to joke that for at least one day a year their paper looks nice, since they copy our style to make it look authentic.

Last week, DeGrave told current Daily Tar Heel editor-in-chief Nicole Comparato the Technician staff was simply too busy to put together the satirical issue this year. The reaction of some NC State (and UNC) students and alumni: Oh, Hell no. Read More

Richmond Collegian Goes Online-Only; Third Student Paper in a Month to Drop Print

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 12.57.50 AM

After publishing one more issue this Thursday, The Collegian at the University of Richmond is going online-only. The digital shift will apparently save the 100-year-old weekly student newspaper roughly $15,000 annually in printing costs.

According to Style Weekly in Richmond, Va., the paper’s editor-in-chief is also confident the full-on online move “will help students hone journalism skills needed in a largely post-print job market.” So over Spring Break, the Collegian is rebranding — an effort that will include finalizing and rolling out an enhanced website.

EIC Clay Helms: “We’ve come up with things that we think are going to make this transition very smooth and very powerful. We’re going to re-establish our name on campus.” Read More

Florida Journalism Class Enjoys ‘Brief Internet Stardom’ Through Live Tweets

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 9.37.15 PM

Besting mighty combatants including the city of Chicago, the state of Florida, the phenomenon of Pokemon and the insanity of Mardi Gras, a multimedia writing class at the University of Florida trended nationally on Twitter late last week.

According to The Independent Florida Alligator, UF’s campus newspaper, the 90-student introductory-level class “achieved brief Internet stardom” through a nonstop stream of live tweets sharing the journalism advice of a guest panel. Read More

UMass Daily Collegian Runs Advertisement Across Entire Front Page

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 6.35.12 AM

The Daily Collegian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst attracted some blogerrific and social mediatastic attention late last week for publishing an issue featuring an advertisement splashed across the ENTIRE front page. The full-color ad from UMass Amherst Residential Life runs directly underneath the paper’s flag. It features teasers for some unique student housing options.

Top editor Stephen Hewitt confirms the front-page ad decision presented an “ethical conundrum” for Collegian staff and was ultimately approved as “an innovative tactic to help aid our funding.” According to Hewitt, the paper fairly recently cut copies from its regular print run and eliminated its Friday edition as cost-saving measures. Read More

Princetonian Posts Ethics Code Online, Offering ‘Unique Window Into Journalistic Practices’

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 2.47.02 AM

In an effort to increase reader understanding and underscore a call for greater transparency campus-wide, The Daily Princetonian has posted its full internal code of ethics online.

Prince editor-in-chief Marcelo Rochabrun describes the code as “a set of guidelines that is mandatory reading for all our staff members and details the standards that we seek to uphold, as well as the regulations we have in place.” Read More