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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 5)

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

Matt Sheehan is ‘Leading a Movement’ at UF’s Innovation News Center That May Help Shape Journalism’s Future

As director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication, Matt Sheehan oversees a massive, cutting-edge, multi-platform news media hub.

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Matt Sheehan is director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida and a member of the faculty within UF’s College of Journalism & Communications.

Operations within the two-story, 14,000-square-foot facility are professionally managed but staffed and powered mainly by students, producing a bevy of regularly-scheduled programming and real-time breaking news coverage.

The INC (each letter pronounced individually I-N-C) is also undertaking a massive shift in the near future, in part to remain relevant amid what Sheehan calls an incoming “storm of disruption” in regards to media consumption habits. As he asks, “Why mess with a good thing? We need to adapt before the market —  and the audience — gets ahead of us. … When talking about the future of news, we tend to emphasize print. It’s clear that the glory days are over. The digital disruption has overtaken that industry. What we don’t always recognize is the coming tide that is about to breach the worlds of broadcast news and entertainment.” Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 4)

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, 15 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 3)

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

After Gay Marriage Ruling, Was It OK for Student Newspaper to Rainbow Filter Its Twitter Profile Pic?

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, The Daily Evergreen editors at Washington State University placed a rainbow filter version of the paper’s logo as its Twitter profile pic. At least one conservative news outlet was dismayed by this decision.

As The College Fix tweeted in response to the rainbow-ized Evergreen image, “A college paper forfeits any semblance of objectivity with a rainbow icon. … You do realize that members of your community who disagree with today’s ruling may no longer trust your reporting?”

The Evergreen team’s tweeted comeback: “Oh no, you caught us! Yes, as the student voice of WSU we proudly support rights for all our students. How dare we.” Read More

The Student Journalist Adventure Series: Is It OK to Wear Pajamas While Interviewing a Source?

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: If I’m conducting a phone or Skype interview with a source from my apartment or dorm room, is it OK if I’m just wearing pajamas and not a more professional outfit like I might wear if I was meeting them in person or could be seen via video? Read More

CMM Special Series: What Do Student Journalists Want to Learn More About Journalism? (Part 2)

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 1)

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

Toxic Mold & Alleged Student Press Censorship at Fairmont State University

A set of stories about mold has spurred a fresh round of alleged student press censorship. The related administrative actions are so blatant and boorish one student editor has referred to them as “insanely unintelligent.”

Here’s the gist: The Columns campus newspaper at West Virginia’s Fairmont State University upped its aggressive reporting this past school year. Among the issues the paper subsequently brought to light was the presence of potentially toxic black mold in a few FSU buildings and residence halls. A follow-up story focused on a student with alleged health problems — including hives — stemming from the mold. Yowza.

In response to those reports and several others, in a series of moves Columns editors describe as retaliation, FSU officials cut some staff stipends, attempted to enact prior review, threatened the paper’s funding in general and purportedly sh*tcanned the Columns faculty adviser. Read More

At the Moment, Michael Williams May Be the Most Prominent Student Journalist in the U.S.

At the moment, Michael Williams may be the most prominent student journalist in the U.S. — in large part due to an expected promotion he didn’t receive and a lawsuit which he has helped file.

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Michael Williams is managing editor of The North Wind at Northern Michigan University. He previously served the paper as a guest writer, staff writer and opinion editor.

Williams is managing editor of The North Wind student newspaper at Northern Michigan University. The paper has earned praise and increased attention this past academic year for enacting a more hard-charging and investigatory editorial style. At the same time, in the midst of rolling out a new university marketing campaign and perhaps unprepared for such scrutiny, some NMU officials have criticized the paper’s efforts as overly aggressive.

In late April, the North Wind Board of Directors removed NMU assistant professor Cheryl Reed from her faculty adviser role and rejected Williams’s application for editor-in-chief — even though he was the only candidate for the job. Reed and Williams have filed a lawsuit in response that is currently still pending. Read More

6 Things I Learned About Journalism & College Media from Jenny Surane at The Daily Tar Heel

Over the past few weeks, CMM has featured a special series of posts from current and recent student journalists all centered on a single significant question: How do we get students to care more about college media?

This is the conclusion of the series — focused on the individual who inspired it, Jenny Surane. Read the full post below for details — including what I learned from Surane during a recent podcast chat.

Jenny Surane recently wrapped up a year-long stint as editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The million-dollar media company boasts more than 250 staffers and over the past two semesters delivered a bevy of breaking news reports, special editions, impassioned editorials and large-scale investigations.

But did student readers notice? Read More

CMM Special Series: The Future of College Media (How Do We Get Students to Care More?) Part 19: ‘Dedicated to Reporting Social Justice Happenings’

In a recent farewell column published 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 offer 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