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7 Standout Student Press Stories: Big Brother, a Two-Year Beard, ‘Tragedy ADD’ & ‘Michigan’s Most Intergalactic Fan’

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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.
In that spirit, this semi-regular CMM rundown spotlights some of the most impressive, engaging and offbeat content recently produced by college media worldwide. Along with being worth a read, the stories are also potentially worth emulating or using as inspiration for awesome storytelling at your own school.

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College Media News: Daily Texan Still Waiting for Help, DJ Giggles & an ‘Open Letter to Taylor Swift’

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Here’s a rundown of recent college media and journalism education news, a smidgen of student press history, some student journalist perspectives and a few funny headlines and tweets.

To pass along tips, stories, links and tweets for the next college media news rundown, email me ASAP.

1An All-Female Board. The Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia has elected an all-female managing board for the first time in its 126-year history. Incoming editor-in-chief Julia Horowitz: “I want to make sure that when news breaks two months from now, five months from now, 12 months from now that we have an institution there that can react … and that comes from being financially sustainable.” (The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia)

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CMM Fellows: What’s Your Journalism Junk Food?

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From the moment student journalists first enter a newsroom or introductory reporting class, they are told to feast on and learn as much as possible from A-list national news sources like The New York Times, The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Yet, that doesn’t mean they can resist clicking on, scrolling through and checking out less esteemed, less known or less serious press entrees as well.

With that in mind, I recently reached out to the spring 2015 CMM Fellows — an elite crew of top editors and reporters at student media across the U.S. and in Europe — with a simple question: What is your journalism or media junk food? Read More

‘American Sniper': Student Media Review Film & Debate Its Cultural Significance

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“American Sniper” has ruled at the box office for the past two weekends, racking up record-breaking grosses while also earning multiple Oscar nominations.

The film – focused on the life and legendary Iraq War exploits of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle – has also stirred patriotic fervor and criticism in equal measure. Mainstream and social media continue to debate the film’s accuracy, its depiction of snipers, its perspective on the U.S. military presence in Iraq, its impact on the Arab and Muslim communities and whether Kyle represents everything that is right or wrong with America today.

Amid those debates and staggeringly strong ticket sales, student journalists nationwide are weighing in with their own reviews of the film and commentaries on its political and cultural significance. Read More

The Daily Egyptian at SIU Rolls Off Its Own Press One Last Time

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The Daily Egyptian will no longer be published through its own on-campus printing press. A changing financial landscape has forced the Southern Illinois University Carbondale student newspaper to outsource its printing — ending a 47-year in-house print operation that was a rarity among student media nationwide.

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7 Standout Student Press Stories: A Quidditch Chaser, a Fashion Model & ‘Duke’s Favorite Drug Dealer’

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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.
In that spirit, this semi-regular CMM rundown spotlights some of the most impressive, engaging and offbeat content recently produced by college media worldwide. Along with being worth a read, the stories are also potentially worth emulating or using as inspiration for awesome storytelling at your own school. Read More

College Media News: Ruined Dates, a ‘Fight for Rights’ & ‘Humans of East Lansing’

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Here’s a rundown of recent college media and journalism education news, a few funny headlines and videos and some interesting student journalist perspectives.

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Board of Directors Shake-Up at UConn Student Newspaper Stirs Questions, Backlash [Updated]

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The Daily Campus, the student newspaper at the University of Connecticut, will allow only current UConn students to serve as voting members on its board of directors. The decision — approved via a contentious vote at a board meeting last week — rescinds the voting power of professionals and at least one professor with longtime ties to the paper and the school.

The board’s student representatives — all current DC editors — approved the decision. Of the board’s six non-student members present at the meeting, four resigned, one voted against the proposal and another abstained.

The main impetus for the board bloodletting (ahem, restructuring) is money — specifically the funding UConn provides the Daily Campus. Read More

College Media Geeks: Cassie Sheridan, Living Editor, The Beacon, University of Portland

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Cassie Sheridan is a political science and English double major at the University of Portland. The senior from Soldotna, Alaska, serves as living editor for The Beacon student newspaper. She also recently launched a column “about love, and relationships, and college, and hook-up culture, and emotional deprivation, and salvation, and how, maybe, we can all do better.”

Atop her ever-better Beacon work, Sheridan previously served as social media director for the UP campus program board and separately worked as an outdoor pursuits program leader (which included overseeing hiking and kayak trips).

Along with being a self-described “exceptional coffee drinker,” Sheridan — AKA “Caffeinated Cassie” — is also an inveterate traveler. She has set foot in most U.S. states and almost every European country and studied for a full year in Salzburg, Austria. Read More

CMM Fellows: What’s the Hardest Part About Being a Student Journalist These Days?

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Marcelo Rochabrun, the outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian, recently declared in a goodbye letter to readers: “It’s hard being a student journalist at Princeton these days.”

The chief challenge that he said ‘Prince’ staffers regularly face is criticism and even threats from fellow students — not administrators, alumni, faculty or townies, but students — who are angry about a story. Read More

7 Standout Student Press Stories: Music Shaming, Digital Dating, Mental Illness & BDSM

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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.
In that spirit, this semi-regular CMM rundown spotlights some of the most impressive, engaging and offbeat content recently produced by college media worldwide. Along with being worth a read, the stories are also potentially worth emulating or using as inspiration for awesome storytelling at your own school. Read More

Penn State Student Journalist Criticizes Keith Olbermann in Open Letter for Anti-PSU Segment

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A Penn State University student journalist posted a rousingly snarky and fascinatingly detailed open letter early this morning to broadcast blowhard Keith Olbermann.

The massive missive by Kevin Horne — a PSU law student and the managing editor emeritus of Onward State — is a retort to an anti-PSU rant Olbermann aired last night on his show that criticized one of Horne’s articles. Read More

College Media News: A $613 Bill, a National Championship Book & a ‘Dirty Dear Abby’

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Here’s a rundown of recent college media and journalism education news, a few funny headlines and videos and some interesting student journalist perspectives.

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Meet the Spring 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows

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The CMM Editorial Fellowship is aimed at ensuring the voices of student media leaders are amplified and regularly heard alongside those of journalism professors and professionals. The spring 2015 class of Fellows is comprised of an elite crew of top editors and reporters at student media across the U.S. and in Europe.
The Fellowship seeks to provide these student journalists extraordinaire with a periodic platform of sorts to share a bit about their work and weigh in on major media news, tough ethical calls and the changing press and higher ed landscapes.

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7 Standout Student Press Stories: Pianos, Pot, Crying & the ‘Politics of the Baseball Cap’

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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.
In that spirit, this semi-regular CMM rundown spotlights some of the most impressive, engaging and offbeat content recently produced by college media worldwide. Along with being worth a read, the stories are worthy of emulating or using as inspiration for awesome storytelling at your own school. Read More

Throwback Thursday: A 10-Year-Old Cartoon Controversy & the Charlie Hebdo Attack

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Throwback Thursday is an occasional CMM feature focused on fascinating, impacting, controversial and quirky moments in contemporary college media history.

Almost a decade ago, The Daily Illini at the University of Illinois faced a barrage of criticism and an internal newsroom battle of epic proportions stemming from its publication of some controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Given its approaching 10-year-anniversary and its obvious connection to the Charlie Hebdo attack — not the bloodshed of course but the content triggering it — the incident seems ripe for a brief revisitation.

In February 2005, Daily Illini editor-in-chief Acton Gorton and opinion editor Chuck Prochaska inserted six editorial cartoons mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad into an issue — allegedly without other editors’ knowledge or approval. The provocative visuals had first appeared the previous fall in a Danish newspaper, triggering intellectual and religious-based earthquakes across Europe. For the uninitiated, it is a deadly sin to display Muhammad in an image and similarly sacrilegious to characterize him as anything other than strong and virtuous. Read More

College Media Geeks: Steffi S. Lee, Editor-in-Chief, The Simpsonian, Simpson College

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By Leigh Anne TiffanyCMM correspondent

Steffi S. Lee is a multimedia journalism major and political science minor at Iowa’s Simpson College. The 20-year-old junior from Anaheim, Calif., serves as editor-in-chief of The Simpsonian student newspaper.

Lee also currently works as a reporter, editor and photographer for KCCI 8 News, the top broadcast news station in the Des Moines market. It is one of three news stations at which she has interned or served on staff.

She has also earned multiple state and national journalism awards, shadowed a professional journalist in Poland during a study abroad experience and appeared in a CBS News segment on college-age voters during the 2012 presidential election cycle. Read More

Princeton Newspaper Editor-in-Chief: ‘It’s Hard Being a Student Journalist These Days’

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The “most contentious critics” of The Daily Princetonian at Princeton University are not alumni, faculty, administrators or other professional staff. They are Princeton students.

According to outgoing editor-in-chief Marcelo Rochabrun, ‘Prince’ staffers faced a range of retaliatory words and actions over the past year simply for practicing quality journalism and sharing, umm, you know, the truth.Inline image 1 Read More

‘An Attack on Free Speech': Student Media Respond to Charlie Hebdo Shootings

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Student journalists and student media in the U.S. and Europe have begun responding en masse to the deadly attack in Paris.

The fatal shootings inside the newsroom of the provocative satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the subsequent suspect manhunt and hostage situations have attracted global media attention. It has been reported that the shooters were seeking revenge on Charlie Hebdo for its cartoons depicting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad in unflattering poses and sacrilegious situations.

In editorials, interviews and blog posts, student editors have expressed sympathy for the slain magazine staff while simultaneously reflecting on related issues involving freedom of expression, satire, journalist safety and the “predictable backlash against Islam at large.” Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: ‘Teach Me How to Hobby’

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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