How Can Student Media Reinvent & Innovate More?

1Current and recent student journalists, journalism professors, student media advisers and news media professionals tackled this question during a recent #collegemedia Twitter chat. For more insights and advice from the regular chats, check out the #collegemedia live chat page. Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 10)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

Should Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Be Covered as Politics or Entertainment?

1Current and recent student journalists, journalism professors, student media advisers and news media professionals tackled this question during a recent #collegemedia Twitter chat. For more insights and advice from the regular chats, check out the #collegemedia live chat page. Read More

The Student Journalist Adventure Series: Is Cursing with a Source A-OK or Sort of F****ed Up?

The Student Journalist Adventure Series features perspectives and advice on serious and quirky college media issues of the moment. Most installments include a question or quandary submitted by a student journalist, journalism professor or student press adviser.

Question: Should you curse with a source who is cursing? Or asked another way, is it ever acceptable, or even advantageous, to use vulgar language in front of a source when they’re already cursing up a storm themselves?
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Join #collegemedia Live Chat This Sunday July 19th at 7 p.m. EST

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This Sunday night, join the #collegemedia live chat. Stop by Twitter starting at 7 p.m. EST for a fun, free-flowing, hour-long discussion about college media, new media, millennials and the future of journalism.

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Emerald Staffer at U. of Oregon: NASA’s Pluto Mission ‘Made Me Feel Like a Kid Again’

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Eder Campuzano is publicly thanking NASA for its current buzzworthy Pluto mission. In a terrific new column for the Emerald at the University of Oregon, Campuzano, the outlet’s audience engagement director, says all the deep-space photos and dwarf planet chatter have once more sparked his childhood fascination with the universe. Read More

Daily Evergreen Investigative Team at Wash. St. Shares ‘Unsettling’ Scoop About Domino’s Pizza

Our team of investigative reporters have just uncovered some unsettling information for our readers. The Domino’s on…

Posted by The Daily Evergreen on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Did Caitlyn Jenner Deserve ESPY Award? Central Florida Future Staffers Debate ‘Real Courage’ vs. ‘Publicity Stunt’

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A pair of staffers for the Central Florida Future at the University of Central Florida have penned op-eds debating whether Caitlyn Jenner deserved the Arthur Ashe Courage Award she received yesterday at ESPN’s ESPY ceremony.

The Future’s digital producer Bridgette Norris says the award was a “publicity stunt.” As she argues, “Jenner could be considered worthy of this honor if she was spending thousands of dollars donating to charities or helping the LGBT community instead of spending thousands on breast implants. Or even if she was spending time attending events and helping people struggling with the same issues she was, and still is, instead of filming a TV series. Forgive me if she is secretly doing this and the press just doesn’t care, but to my knowledge and Google’s, there’s no record.” Read More

Judge Rejects Former North Wind Adviser’s Efforts to Be Reinstated & Former Editor’s Claim of Retaliation

A federal judge has denied Cheryl Reed’s legal challenge to be reinstated as faculty adviser of The North Wind student newspaper at Northern Michigan University. According to The Detroit Free Press, the judge also rejected former managing editor Michael Williams’s claim that he was passed over for the EIC job in retaliation for the paper’s aggressive coverage of the school this past year. Read More

Equipment Stolen from Humboldt State Student Radio Station: Inside Job?

A bunch of equipment totaling thousands of dollars has been stolen from Humboldt State University’s student-run radio station KRFH in recent weeks. A key code is required to enter the studio, so early signs point to the thievery being an inside job. Among the items that have been swiped: three 27-inch iMacs, two CD players and a live-mixing board. Police are on the case. Read More

Minnesota Daily Fires Sports Writer for Faking Interviews

The Minnesota Daily has fired a sports reporter for faking interviews with athletes and coaches in at least three stories. Questions first arose after swim coaches featured in a recent Daily piece told the University of Minnesota athletics comm department they didn’t remember talking to the reporter. Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 9)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

New Student Newspaper at The New School in New York City ‘Dedicated to Reporting Social Justice’

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Petra Zarah Jarrar is a student at The New School in New York City, where she majors in politics and global studies. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Antithesis, an online newspaper “dedicated to reporting social justice.”

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Petra Zarah Jarrar founded and oversees The Antithesis student newspaper at The New School, where she studies politics and global studies.

The outlet tackles a myriad of issues deserving more attention, more context or more humanization — from microaggressions and the minimum wage to misogyny and voluntourism.

As Jarrar writes, “Over the past several months, the public has become witness to the successes and failures of justice in our system. We’ve seen culprits cheat conviction, and our own children die due to aggression and violence. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we’ve begun living in a time where people have had enough of sitting back and watching the world crumble before their eyes. It is time to take action. … Starting The Antithesis has given me the opportunity to explore what justice means to me, and take initiative in something I, and many others, believe in.” Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 8)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

Join #collegemedia Live Chat This Sunday July 12th at 7 p.m. EST

1This Sunday night, join the #collegemedia live chat. Stop by Twitter starting at 7 p.m. EST for a fun, free-flowing, hour-long discussion about college media, new media, millennials, the future of journalism — and why summer break needs to last all year.

Update: Here’s a Storify of the chat

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CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 7)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 6)

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During his recent efforts to help plan programming for the fall 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention — the world’s largest annual gathering of student journalists and their advisers and profs — David Simpson wanted to hear more from the students themselves. Specifically, he was curious: In these changing times, what do potential student attendees want to get most from a journalism conference experience? So Simpson, a revered veteran journalist and director of student media at Georgia Southern University, reached out to me with his student-first query. I in turn reached out to the summer 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows — an elite crew of current and recent student journalists.

For this CMM special series, 14 Fellows offer their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question: What topic, tech tool, news beat, skill-set or current event would you love to learn more about, lead a session on or help debate during a journalism convention? Their answers run the gamut — touching on everything from science journalism and Snapchat to sexual assault coverage and workflow management. Read More

The Diamondback at UMD is Amping Up Its Digital, Entrepreneurial & Innovation Efforts

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Matt Schnabel is editor-in-chief of The Diamondback at the University of Maryland, where he is a journalism major. He is currently interning on the copy desk at The Boston Globe.

Matt Schnabel is editor-in-chief of The Diamondback at the University of Maryland. He recently assumed the top spot after serving a number of other roles including copy editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor.  

For those out of the loop on collegemediatopia news, the A-list outlet is aggressively amping up its online, entrepreneurial and innovation efforts. The paper announced in April that it was cutting back to a weekly print edition, freeing staffers to experiment and engage much more heavily in the digital news landscape. As outgoing EIC Laura Blasey wrote at the time, “We’re excited for this new chapter of the Diamondback’s history. The legacy of this organization is one of bold decisions, and we’re going all in on our digital future.” Read More

American U. Student Balances Classes with Nonstop Global Conflict Reporting

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On a Monday evening this past April, journalist Trey Yingst set foot in a part of Baltimore that he said, “looked like there were no laws.”

Amid the furor and fervor sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, he observed hundreds of people smashing store windows, overturning vehicles, looting, setting fires and fighting with each other and the police.

At first, every time he raised his camera to shoot, rioters swarmed, threatening to attack. The press group he was with was targeted and confronted by angry rioters armed with hammers and 40-ounce bottles. A reporter near him was later punched in the face and a second was hit in the head with a bottle, each requiring on-the-scene medical attention and a hospital trip.

Through it all that night and in the days that followed, Yingst captured images, interviews and videos that were subsequently featured by a range of media including ABC News and CNN.

His only real problem, in the end, was that he missed most of his final exams. Read More

CMM Special Series: How Do We Get Students to Care More About College Media?

In a farewell column published in spring 2015 on Quartz, outgoing Daily Tar Heel editor-in-chief Jenny Surane at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wrote, “[I]t’s humbling to realize that the newspaper I spend so many hours working on isn’t really beloved by my peers in the same way. … My peers are interested in reading news, but they have no loyalties whatsoever about where it comes from. … Even some of my closest friends refused to pick up the newspaper I spent dozens of hours on each week.”

Her sentiments have been echoed in recent semesters by many students and educators connected to college media. Audience engagement is of course always an issue when undergraduates are involved. But the challenge of getting students to regularly check out their campus news outlets is exponentially increasing in an era cluttered with evermore competitors and platforms and bereft of old-media brand loyalty.

For this CMM special series, 20 current and recent top student journalists in the U.S. and Canada — including Surane herself — offered their perspectives, ideas and advice centered on a single question at the heart of college media’s future: How do we get students to care more about the student press?  Read More