1 Million Stories for Student Journalists

1 Million Stories for Student Journalists

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College Media & the College President: ‘I Wouldn’t Call It a Warm Relationship’

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College president transparency — from the search process to everyday dealings with students and the press — has become an increasingly scrutinized and in some cases criticized issue.

To that end, 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 — to get their perspectives on a main question prompt: What is your outlet’s relationship with your college or university president? Read More

‘Special Edition for Ms. Thrasher': Arkansas State Herald Honors Longtime Adviser

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“The loss of an adviser is something indescribable to a college newspaper staff. It was impossible to fully understand and appreciate the extent of Ms. Thrasher’s work and dedication to this publication and staff until she was gone. That woman was truly amazing. She was the soul of our newspaper and the heart of our staff.”

The Herald at Arkansas State University has put together a special edition honoring the life, work and legacy of longtime adviser and journalism instructor Bonnie Thrasher.

Thrasher, who passed away in her sleep early last week, served as Herald adviser since 1993 and was a respected leader within the college media community — she was College Media Association (CMA) vice president at the time of her death. Read More

U.Va. Student Paper Criticizes ‘Columbia Report’ of Rolling Stone’s ‘Rape on Campus’ Story

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The Cavalier Daily is disappointed in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s new report detailing the failures of the now-infamous Rolling Stone “A Rape on Campus” feature. In an editorial posted yesterday not long after the report was released, the University of Virginia student newspaper argued that it focused too much on the screw-ups related to “Jackie’s story” at the expense of other journalism misdeeds and the author’s alleged larger mischaracterizations of U.Va.

1For those in need of a refresher, Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely this past December. The 9,000-word story explored the seemingly rampant, poorly adjudicated cases of rape and sexual assault at U.Va. and other colleges and universities nationwide. The focus of the article’s stunning opener: a U.Va. student identified as “Jackie” recounting an alleged gang rape carried out by seven members of a university fraternity.

The report overall — and especially Jackie’s story — set the national press and general public abuzz upon its release. Yet, the buzz quickly turned to doubt and then rebukes when it was determined the gang rape allegation was most likely made up and the reporting and editing that led to its inclusion in the piece were horrendously flawed. Read More

North Wind Faculty Adviser Fired, Top Editor-in-Chief Candidate Rejected at Northern Michigan

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The Board of Directors of The North Wind, the student newspaper at Northern Michigan University, has voted to not rehire faculty adviser Cheryl Reed for the next school year. In addition, the board has rejected current managing editor Michael Williams’ candidacy to be the next editor-in-chief. He is the only student who applied for the paper’s top spot. But his EIC dreams were dashed in a 5-4 vote after a “lengthy executive [read: secret] session.”

According to an initial report posted on the North Wind site, “Current editor-in-chief Emma Finkbeiner was not allowed in the interview of Michael Williams or in the discussion of his candidacy following due to the ruling of an ‘executive session.’ Finkbeiner is not considered a part of the board due to her non-voting status. The discussion of the rehiring of Reed was not listed on the agenda.” Yowza.

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April Fools 2015 Round-Up: Apologies, Retractions, Budget Fights, Laughter & a Missing ‘Pest’

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The student press has emerged mostly intact from April Fools 2015, but the parodying and satirizing did leave one A-list outlet publicly bruised and another locked in an odd free press fight. Oh, and some humor actually happened too, sans controversy.

Here are the cringe-worthy and chuckle-worthy highlights and lowlights. Read More

College Media in Action #13: Daily Iowan Editor Interviews U. of Iowa President One-on-One

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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College Media in Action #12: OU Nightly Crew at Daily Editorial Meeting at U. of Oklahoma

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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Collegiate Times Shake-Up: Virginia Tech Paper Loses Top Editors, GM & Two Other Pro Staffers

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The Collegiate Times, the student newspaper at Virginia Tech, and its affiliated media company are undergoing a dramatic leadership and staff shake-up. The paper’s editor-in-chief and two professional staff members are no longer in their respective positions. In addition, the general manager of the pub’s advisory organization is reportedly leaving at semester’s end and one of the EIC’s replacements has just given his two weeks notice very publicly and angrily on Twitter.

According to trusted sources with knowledge of the situation, financial constraints recently led to the layoffs of longtime design and production adviser S.B. Chandler and accounting and sales adviser Dorothy Deverin.

Carrie Cousins will also be vacating her position as general manager of the CT’s overseeing organization, the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech (EMCVT). She is apparently set to move on when the spring term wraps in May to pursue an employment opportunity more suitable to her interests and skill-set. It is unclear at this time whether the precarious financial state of the organization or concerns others have expressed to me about the EMCVT Board of Directors may have spurred or hastened her exit.

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College Media in Action #11: Ka Leo’s Top Editor & Adviser Critique Paper at U. of Hawaii

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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College Media in Action #10: Ka Leo Editors at U. of Hawaii Vote on Cover Page

Editors at Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi vote on ideas for the cover of a recent weekly print issue.
College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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‘An Avalanche of Intolerance': Student Media in Indiana Respond to ‘Religious Freedom Law’

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As newshounds nationwide are well aware, an ever-growing and evermore raucous debate and furor are brewing over the state of Indiana’s so-called “religious freedom law.” Critics of the law — officially known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA — argue it will “allow businesses to use religion as an excuse to discriminate and refuse service to LGBT customers.”

Student media across Indiana are covering various facets of the controversy and have now begun weighing in with their own takes on the bill. The initial editorial reactions I’m reading are negative. The Hoosier state’s student journos are branding the RFRA an open door toward discrimination and out of touch with 21st-century realities and values in America.

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Three Bucknell Students Suspended for Racial Slurs, Racial Violence Talk on Campus Radio

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An investigation is underway at Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University centered on a segment of a weekly campus radio show which allegedly included racial slurs and talk “promoting racial violence.” Three students involved with the segment have been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome — the DJ in the booth at the time and a pair of guests.

According to The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., the show known as “Happy Times” airs each Friday evening on the campus FM station WVBU. Online, staffers describe WVBU as “‘The Voice of Bucknell University,’ Bucknell’s one and only, student-run radio station.” Read More

College Media in Action #9: A Bold Display of Patriots Pride by a Pitt News Sports Editor

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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U. of Maryland Students Launch Campaign to ‘Uncuff Imprisoned Journalists Around World’

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Ammar Abdulrasool. Mahmoud Abou Zeid. Reeyot Alemu. Khadija Ismayilova. Bheki Makhubu. Ta Phong Tan. Jason Rezaian. Yusuf Ruzimuradov. Ilham Tohti.

You may not know all, most or any of these individuals. But they are among the most poignant, courageous representatives of the enduring struggle for free speech and free press worldwide.

They are journalists currently incarcerated for practicing their craft — being held on made up, trumped up, unknown or nefariously uncouth charges all aimed at scaring the news media into submission, sending a political message or stopping the pursuit of truth.

A team of student journalists at the University of Maryland has had enough. They are helping raise awareness of these journalists’ plights, and the many dangers facing newshounds globally, through a new campaign gaining traction in the social media universe and the press. Read More

College Media in Action #8: Koi Fish & a Quiet Moment During Production Night at Pitt News

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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April Fools’ Fun Begins: Penn Student Paper Tricks Readers with Emma Watson Grad School Story

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The Daily Pennsylvanian managed to prank a portion of the Internet yesterday with the publication of its annual joke issue. In its most buzzworthy piece, the student newspaper satirically revealed that “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson was planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania for graduate school.

As the lede sentence exclaims, “The Sorting Hat has spoken — Quaker!” Read More

College Media in Action #7: A Chair-Spinning, Sleepy Production Night at The Pitt News

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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College Media in Action #6: Late Night, Middle Finger Fun at The Pitt News

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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Daily Beacon at Tennessee Tackles Sexual Violence & Survivors’ Stories in Top-Notch Special Issue

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“UT was slowly becoming a nightmare. People would go on to tell me that the rape was my fault, that I was asking for it, that I’m lucky anyone wanted to hook up with me, that I was a slut and that I deserved what I got. But I wanted to own my story.”

Those powerful words are featured on the cover of a recent special issue on sexual violence published by The Daily Beacon at the University of Tennessee. The issue touches on a range of topics including the nature of consent, untested rape kits, social media re-victimization, male sexual assault victims, sexual assault in the LGBTQ community and the intersection of sexual violence and Greek life.

Collectively, the well-reported stories seek to raise awareness, beat back stereotypes and cut through the “impossibly tangled, broad webs of personal violence and patriarchal influence and societal pressure” which surround sexual assault and rape on and off campus. Read More

College Media in Action #5: Crouching Panther, Bound Archives at The Pitt News

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College Media in Action is a CMM photo series aiming to provide glimpses of student journalists and college media outlets at work (or kicking back) — in the newsroom, the classroom, the field, the dorm or at an unofficial sacred journalist hangout of some sort.

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