Allegations of Ivy League hazing. Alice in Wonderland on LSD. A Biblical studies professor busted in a child predator sting. A student squirrel whisperer. A 280-pound black bear falling from a tree. And something called milking. These buzzwords and teaser descriptions factor into a few of the many viral creations published or posted by college media over the past year. The student press was responsible for an especially high number of viral reports, columns, videos, photos, headlines, and tweets in 2012. Collectively, their moments in the digital spotlight offer a fascinating foundation for a student press year in review– a glimpse at what was especially popular, controversial, funny, unexpected, and out of control. In that spirit, here is a chronological rundown of top college media moments and content that blew up online in 2012.
Madeline Huerta recently celebrated her 1,000th college problem. As I’ve previously posted, the Boston University student is the creator and overseer of College Problems, an uber-successful Tumblr site that offers undergraduates a spot to vent about everything related to higher ed. that irks or annoys them. – The user-submitted entries typically run only a sentence or [...]
I consider this the first momentous day in collegemediatopia in 2009: Boston University just announced the launch of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR). The press release bills it as the “[n]ation’s first university-based, non-profit center to probe local/regional issues.” It partners a who’s who of Boston-area media organizations with BU journalism faculty [...]
As a blogger focused on Student Journalism 2.0 (or even 3.0! Click here), the two most common words I type into posts: new media. We’re all focused on the impact and uncertainty that the latest technology and tools hath wrought on the industry. A bit of news brought to my attention by BU Today at Boston University allows [...]