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Daily Iowan Columnist: Snapchat-Era Students May One Day List ‘Talking’ as a Résumé Skill

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By Karen Funaro, Garrett Miley & Leigh Anne Tiffany

Communication among members of the “Snapchat generation” is suffering, according to University of Iowa student Joe Lane.

“Kids my age have been growing up with emails instead of handwritten letters, text messages instead of phone calls and Snapchats instead of face-to-face conversations,” Lane proclaims in a column for The Daily Iowan. “So while we may be the most technologically proficient generation ever, we are also the least capable of handling simple in-person communication. … The issue is that as we move further into the Snapchat generation, interpersonal skills and strong relationships start to fade away. Although they may never be gone completely, I fear for the day that ‘talking’ falls under special skills on résumés across the country.” Read More

College Problems Podcast: Helicopter Parents & Date Rape Drugs

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Sexual violence and messy roommates. Unpaid internships and underbutt shortsRacial microaggressions and the Freshman 15.

College life is filled with an unending stream of serious issues, lighthearted frustrations, significant events and viral trends. The College Problems Podcast wades into this stream with a regular series of spirited chats attempting to make sense of it all, while also offering story ideas to student journalists and advice for undergrads on staying safe and sane.

I co-host the podcast with Christina Gaudio, a veteran first responder, former rape care community outreach coordinator and an adjunct professor of victimology. As younger educators and digital media geeks, we view the collegiate sphere through the lenses of journalism and personal safety.

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Wyoming Student Writer Reflects on 9/11, Patriotism & Death Threats Over an Op-Ed


By Olivia McEachern & Kayla Soders

A University of Wyoming student journalist recently earned some online buzz and pockets of vitriol by calling for an end to “infectious patriotism” on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

In an op-ed for The Branding Iron, UW’s campus newspaper, sophomore Jeremy Rowley writes simply, “[W]e, the United States of America, need to get over it. … [T]he way the country has viewed September 11th every year since the attacks has been anything but productive.” Read More

Rant in East Carolina Student Newspaper Spurs Racial Tension, Death Threats for Editor

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An anonymous rant with racist overtones run in East Carolina University’s student newspaper has triggered controversy, outside media coverage, a free speech debate, a campus-wide racial inequality panel and even death threats directed at the paper’s editor-in-chief. Read More

Nebraska Student Columnist: News Media Ignoring Christian Genocide in Middle East

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By Leigh Anne Tiffany

“Christians are being murdered all over the world, and no one seems to be talking about it.”

Faced with what she considers a startling related silence, University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior Tegan Colton is trying to start the conversation. In a new column for The Daily Nebraskan, Colton argues the news media and general public are ignoring a Christian genocide taking place amid the violence propagated by the terrorist group ISIS.

According to Colton, millions of Christians have died or been forced out of their homes in the Middle East during the conflicts — all under the unconscionably blind eye of the journalism establishment. Read More

Michigan Daily Column Calling for Football Coach’s Firing Goes Viral, Earns Praise

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“This isn’t about winning and losing anymore.”

A spirited, thoughtful column in The Michigan Daily calling for University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke to be fired has earned A-list viral status within the student press and sports universes.

In a related “Pardon the Interruption” segment on ESPN earlier this week, co-host Tony Kornheiser said the piece represents “exactly what a student newspaper should do. They should agitate.”

The source of agitation — which has accrued close to 4,000 Facebook likes, roughly 160 online comments and a New York Times shout-out — contends that Hoke deserves to be canned for putting a Wolverines player at risk in last Saturday’s game. Read More

Baylor Student Journalist: Forget Facebook & Emoji Mania; ‘I Believe in Writing Letters’

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By Sara LaMachia, Alli Murray & Malia Reynolds

Forget texting, instant messaging, Facebook chatting, emoji mania and other new media methods of interpersonal communication. Baylor University senior Sara Katherine Johnson prefers the simple, old-school art of the handwritten letter.

To that end, in a column for The Baylor Lariat, Johnson implores students to put down their phones and pick up a pen.

As she confirms, “I believe in writing letters. In class I’m usually surrounded by fingers typing hurriedly against plastic. Walking to and from class means that I’m navigating between waves of people concerned about texting in the 15 minutes before more classes start. … Laptops, tablets, smartphones, cars, calculators — what do they reflect back on us? … One way we can slow down and regain intentional time for others is to write letters. I love the roll of a ball-point pen over paper. I appreciate its glide, flexibility of ink and the occasional smear under my eager hand. It is messy and satisfying.” Read More

Oxford Student Newspaper Editor Fired Three Months After ‘Victim-Blaming’ Rape Report

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The top editor of The Oxford Student at Britain’s Oxford University has been axed, a long-term fallout from an article she co-wrote over the summer about a campus sexual assault investigation.

Rape allegations were brought this past spring against the student president of the prominent Oxford Union debating society. In June, OxStu editor Amelia Hamer was part of a reportorial trio which presented information purporting to refute those charges by stating “one of the victims knew their allegations were false.” The piece also worked to undermine the credibility of that victim by stating she “had a reputation” for being promiscuous. Specifically, for the victim, according to the report, “the allure of sexual encounters with well-known students was to develop a status as a ‘conquest-collector.'”

Upon its publication, a cavalcade of critics immediately swarmed, declaring the story little more than a sordid example of victim-blaming and slut-shaming. Read More

More Than 400 Student Newspaper Copies Damaged at Drake Due to Pregnancy Center Ad

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Late last week, unknown assailants swiped more than 400 copies of The Times-Delphic from their newsstands around Drake University, “drenched them in water” and dumped them in a pile outside the student paper’s newsroom. One copy atop the “stack of damaged issues” was opened to page 11, a below-the-fold advertisement for a local pregnancy center “prominently circled in black marker.”

An act of protest, perhaps?

If the circled ad is a clue, the not-so-subtle student press vandalism is a reaction to what a group of Drake critics claim is a not-so-female-friendly center. Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: Shadow Campus

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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

NYU Student Newspaper Publishes Special Issue Focused on Drugs, Sex and Mental Health

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The top-notch crew at The Washington Square News, New York University’s student newspaper, has put together a fascinating new special issue focused on a triumvirate of topic areas that are both newsworthy and highly relevant to campus life.

These areas are featured in parentheses and in all caps on the issue’s cover, bleeding together in gray against a stark red backdrop as if forming a single word: (DRUGSSEXMENTALHEALTH).

While breaking down each subject in its own double-truck, the issue presents a diversity of stories and features. It debunks popular drug myths (including “Prescription Drugs are Not Bad for You”); outlines upcoming changes to the university’s sexual assault policy; provides a “guide to common mental health conditions” and “destressing spots” throughout New York City; and explores how NYU handles student suicides. Read More

On Anonymous Fliers, Critics Attack Cornell Sun Columnist as ‘Racist Rape Apologist’

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When is a kiss considered to be sexual assault? Is the tide turning against Affirmative Action? Does free speech include the right to offend? And is rape so widespread on campuses as to be an epidemic?

These are among the many questions Cornell University senior Julius Kairey has asked — and attempted to answer — as part of his biweekly column for The Cornell Daily Sun.

Kairey is the lone conservative voice regularly featured in the Sun’s opinion section. His column title: “Always Right.”

But apparently not always loved. Late last week, Kairey was the target of some anonymous haterade. Several fliers were found on Cornell’s campus sporting his headshot, name and the description “Daily Sun Columnist and Racist Rape Apologist.” Read More

The Daily Orange Suffers Snoop Dogg Typo: Syracuse Paper Leaves Second G Off OG’s Name

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Snoop Dogg is an OG with two Gs in his name. Alas, The Daily Orange at Syracuse University left one G out of a story referencing the rapper that appeared on page two of yesterday’s issue. Read More

Student Radio Station Gets Neo-Psychedelic with Liverpool Live Stream

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A portion of the KFJC crew at California’s Foothill College is currently in the (still) United Kingdom — preparing to present live remote coverage of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.

As a press release from the top-notch college radio station explains, “KFJC will be presenting live audio and video streaming of … a range of performances by neo-psychedelic artists from all over the world. … Live sets from Liverpool will be broadcast to listeners in the United States over KFJC 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and to a global audience via the Internet.” Read More

FIRE in Fairbanks: Video Report Explores ‘Chilling Effect’ of Student Press Fight

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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has posted a new video outlining the lasting “chilling effect” related to one of the odder, more sustained college media fights in recent semesters.

As I previously posted, a University of Alaska, Fairbanks, professor waged a dogged 10-month campaign against The Sun Star student newspaper for publishing a pair of stories in April 2013 that she believed “constituted sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment.” Read More

1 Million Story Ideas Special: Suicidal Thoughts

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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

Redskins, Revenge, Censorship: High School Suspends Student Newspaper Adviser, Editor

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Neshaminy School District superintendent Robert Copeland is a censorious tyrant who is smearing the reputation of a fantastic high school. He must be stopped.

I grew up 15 minutes or so from Neshaminy High School in Lower Bucks County, Pa. It has long been known for its large size, academic quality and occasional bursts of athletic — especially football — excellence. But under Copeland’s watch, it is shimmying toward outright national embarrassment.

As an alumnus of a nearby rival high school who enjoys Facebook and real-world friendships with many former NHS students, I’m saddened to write those words. But they are true. Read More

Female Harvard Student Explains ‘Why I Can’t Be an Investigative Journalist’ in Crimson Op-Ed

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Harvard University student Bernadette Lim is having second thoughts about pursuing a career as an investigative journalist.

In an op-ed for The Harvard Crimson, Lim explains that the investigative gig replaced her former dream job — “professional Italian food taste tester” — this past summer while reading “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women.”

Yet, this sudden desire to educate and the change the world “through the power of storytelling” has been tempered by roadblocks she contends are gender-specific — “including the fear of sexual assault, susceptibility to subordinate gender norms and lack of mentorship and guidance.”

As Lim writes in her Crimson piece, headlined “Why I Can’t Be an Investigative Journalist,” “These worries are real. The average woman is not as strong as the average man, leaving women inherently more vulnerable to physical harm — the journalism industry fails to accommodate this truth. By failing to provide adequate protection for female journalists, especially when they’re covering stories in dangerous sites abroad, news outlets discourage women from participating.” Read More

College Media Geeks: Brandi Broxson, editor & University of Central Florida j-school grad


Brandi Broxson admits she had some outside doubters and internal doubts when she first declared her journalism major more than a half decade ago at the University of Central Florida.

“I started college in 2007 when the recession began to unfold and a lot of newspapers began going through layoffs,” she explained. “I was warned that it was a tough road to start down and that by the time I graduated the future of print would be unclear. I was definitely nervous, but those doubtful conversations pushed me to work harder during my time in college. I took on extra — unpaid — internships and writing opportunities because I knew when I graduated there would be few available jobs and it would be a résumé showdown.” Read More

College Newspaper Drops Print, First to Operate Primarily on Publishing Platform Medium

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Medium now has Substance. The popular publishing platform recently started hosting Substance, a new student publication at Mt. San Antonio College that doubles as a totally reinvented version of The Mountaineer campus newspaper.

It is the first college media outlet to operate primarily on Medium. Substance adviser and MSAC j-prof extraordinaire Toni Albertson describes the arrangement as nothing less than “the perfect merge of tech and college journalism.”

In a bravura announcement yesterday about the merger, Albertson explained that the impetus behind it was two-fold — mounting staff frustration at the print production routine and growing reader ennui toward the print edition. Read More