1 Million Stories for Student Journalists

1 Million Stories for Student Journalists

A quick-hit, unending, fun, fun, fun digital story ideas fountain for student journalists updated in real time.

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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7 Standout Student Press Stories: ‘Wage Wars,’ Pet Loss, ‘Purdue Grandma’ & The Interview Issue

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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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2015 Student Newspaper National Championship: A College Media March Madness Bracket

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As the first round of the men’s college basketball tournament plays out in arenas nationwide, it’s time to publicly post what I daresay is the only college media March Madness bracket. In making my selection decisions, I didn’t give a second thought to the hoops squads’ wins, losses, field goal percentage, assists and steals. I focused instead on student newspaper scoops, headlines, ledes, free press fights and social media awesomeness.

Welcome to the 2015 Student Newspaper National Championship, a mostly lighthearted attempt by a college media geek to spotlight some of the top campus papers in the U.S. Read More

Throwback Thursday: Author & Veteran Journalist Recalls ‘My Life as a College Newspaper Editor’

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

In a wonderfully candid, smile-inducing new blog post, best-selling author and superstar sports journalist Jeff Pearlman recalls the year he spent in charge of The Delaware Review at the University of Delaware. Read out of context, it comes across like a trippy, journo-themed spin-off to “The Wolf of Wall Street” — there are fighting midgets, a beer-soaked orange couch, secret byline switching, Snoop Dogg, a peeping Tom and a bold student virgin’s stand against “a world many say is dominated by promiscuity and endangered by sexually transmitted diseases.” 

In all seriousness though, the timing of the reflection is especially poignant given the student newspaper’s current financial struggles and recent crowdfunding campaign. As a reader and college media geek, the Review has always been one of my favorite student pubs — and it has also apparently left a powerful, lasting impression on one of its most journalistically successful alums. Read More

Funny & Fascinating Student Press Headlines #3: Squirrels are People, Too

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This CMM series shares funny, fascinating, creative and quirky headlines topping student press stories worldwide. To nominate a headline, email or tweet me ASAP.

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Princeton Student Columnist Writes Column Questioning Value of Her Column Writing

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A Princeton University student columnist recently wrote a column questioning whether her column writing had any real value at all — and concluding quite boldly that in the grand scheme of things it probably doesn’t.

Prior to that assertion, the well-written, nicely-cited treatise by Princeton freshman Sarah Sakha explores the larger place of opinion journalism in a media universe in which “print newspapers are leaving less space for opinion, cutting opinion pieces from publication and personnel.”

As Sakha starts off the op-ed, published earlier this month in The Daily Princetonian, “I’ve been facing an existential crisis. But this is no ordinary crisis about the purpose or value or meaning of life. … I have been grappling with the purpose or value — or perhaps lack thereof — of newspaper column writing. This pseudo-crisis was spurred by a tangential discussion that I had in my journalism class when the question of the use of opinion in journalism was posed.”

Bottom line, as she felt compelled by that discussion to ask herself: “Does what I write have any bearing?Read More

College Media in Action #4: A Stand-Up/Sit-Down Editor Chat in DePaulia Newsroom

Jacquin speaks with managing editor Grant Myatt in The DePaulia newsroom.
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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Were Student Reporters Barred from Race Forum for Being White or Being Journalists (or Both)?

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Race, a supposedly public meeting, barred student journalists and a college newspaper piece have all aligned to form a powder keg of a controversy triggering headlines and debate in Canada and the U.S.

Last week, a pair of journalism students at Toronto’s Ryerson University were ordered to leave a campus forum for racialized and marginalized students before it began. As The Ryersonian student newspaper explains, the event’s organizer objected to their presence “because they were not victims of racialization.” Read More