U. of Maryland Students Launch Campaign to ‘Uncuff Imprisoned Journalists Around World’

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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)?

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

Student Humor Magazine Editors at University of Texas Elected Student Government Prez, VP

Two top editors from the University of Texas at Austin’s student humor magazine have been elected president and vice president of the school’s student government. The pair’s highly surprising victory — announced late last week — comes after a campaign described as initially funny and then increasingly serious. Read More

Have You Read The State Press Police Beat Lately? (If Not, Check It Out. Now.)

Cops in Tempe, Ariz., the home of Arizona State University, have been busy lately busting all sorts of weirdos, wackos and criminal creepazoids. Along with arrest reports and mug shots, their work has spurred an especially eye-opening, cringe-inducing “Police Beat” in The State Press.

Here are the 10 wildest, clickbait-worthy police beat headlines published in the SP over the past month or so. Happy Friday. Read More

Funny & Fascinating Student Press Headlines #2: I See Dead Creatures

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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Funny & Fascinating Student Press Headlines #1: Badass Women Throughout History

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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Student Op-Ed on Black History Month: ‘Why Don’t We Have Redneck or Midget History Month?’

A student newspaper op-ed questioning the appropriateness of Black History Month has triggered so much controversy and attention the school’s president felt compelled to weigh in.

The piece appeared late last month in a “Black to the Future” special issue of The Student Movement at Michigan’s Andrews University. The student writer Nathan Davis states upfront, “Though I’m male and my skin is pale, I am not a white man. Both ‘whiteness’ and ‘manness’ are social constructs. … I am raceless by choice.” OK, then. Read More

Say Hi in NYC! Stop By My Story Ideas, Satire, Sex & Hackathon Sessions at 2015 CMA Convention

This week the epicenter of the college media universe is New York City, site of the 2015 CMA Spring National College Media Convention. I’ll soon be camped out at the Sheraton New York, along with a slew of other j-profs, student press advisers, professional journalists and j-students extraordinaire.

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