Let’s Talk Tabloid: Tips for Shifting to a Tabloid-Sized Paper (Part 1, The Tabloid Backstory)

1In the midst of massive reinvention across college media, many student newspapers are considering making the switch to a tabloid-sized paper in print. What are the advantages, challenges and surprises that come with shifting to tabloid? And what are some tips to help make the transition as seamless as possible for reporters, editors, designers and readers?

During a recent College Media Podcast chat, Claire Dodson, outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Beacon student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, offered advice while sharing the story of how the Beacon reinvented as a tabloid this past semester. Read More

How Should Student Journalists Cover the 2016 Presidential Race?

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

Join #collegemedia Live Chat This Sunday July 26th at 5 p.m. EST

1This Sunday afternoon, join the #collegemedia live chat. Stop by Twitter starting at 5 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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College Media Podcast: Ana Goni-Lessan, Adviser, The Cougar, University of Houston

1Ana Goni-Lessan is the activities coordinator within the Center for Student Media at the University of Houston, making her the adviser of The Cougar student newspaper. She is also an award-winning reporter, photographer and graphic designer who graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication. During her undergrad days at UF, among other pursuits, she served on staff at The Independent Florida Alligator.

For this edition of the College Media Podcast, Goni-Lessan spoke to me in person from her office in UH’s state-of-the-art Welcome Center. At one point early on, a blender can be heard through the walls. She (rightfully) blamed student government. :) Read More

Why Should Students Major in Journalism?

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

North Texas Daily Tells Readers Why It Didn’t Run Alleged Frat Hazing Story

When is alleged fraternity hazing not worth reporting? When the principal source doesn’t pass muster and all the facts don’t appear to add up.

The North Texas Daily at the University of North Texas posted an interesting editor’s note yesterday explaining the paper’s rationale for not publishing details of a reputed frat hazing hullaballoo. ThinkProgress just ran a related story, calling the frat’s treatment of a former student pledge “appalling.”

Yet, according to the North Texas Daily editorial board, that student approached the paper first. While staffers of course saw the story he shared as potentially newsworthy and combustible, a number of details proved sketchy, the student’s motives seemed questionable and at one point his personal safety was deemed at risk. Read More

Editor’s Note on Daily Bruin ‘Free Tampons’ Blog Post Stirs Buzz: Respectful or Overly PC?

In a new blog post for The Daily Bruin at UCLA, columnist Zoey Freedman calls for tampons and other feminine hygiene products to be distributed by the government for free or greatly reduced prices to help women who “lack access to even the most essential health products.” Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 11)

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

A Questionable Quote About ‘Rich, White Males’ Led to a Student Newspaper’s Demise (& Rebirth)

In fall 2014, a reporter for the Bulldog Weekly student newspaper at the University of Redlands asked a student source what they thought of a new $35 million scholarship for UR students. The source’s response: The scholarship was “intended for a certain type of person.” The reporter asked if the source meant “rich, white males”? The source agreed. The quote — including the “rich, white males” portion — appeared in a story about the scholarship. The student government soon after suspended the paper’s $40,000 funding and fired the adviser. Read More

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)

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’

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’

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