College Media Podcast: Student Press Digital Revolutions & RebelMouse

Welcome to the latest installment of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. In our most recent episode, recorded late last week amid news of another big-time college paper’s reinvention, we discuss what actually qualifies as a full-blown digital-first revolution versus just a shift. Bryan also talks a bit about a possibly helpful site, RebelMouse, which bills itself as nothing less than “your social front page.”

20 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds for Student Journalists

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Here is a starter list of 20 must-follow Twitter feeds– specifically those that will help students learn the craft and keep up with what journalists are debating, enjoying and attempting to understand on a daily basis. Some feature journalism, media and technology news. Others offer advice and job and internship listings. And still others are kept by journalists and big thinkers whose new media maxims, mindsets and methods are worth emulating. The must-follow feeds are listed in alphabetical order.

The New York Times, Trend Stories, Student Drinking & Fake IDs

In a trend story published in The New York Times last week, freelance reporter Courtney Rubin focused on the changing drinking habits of undergrads in the social media age. The morning after the piece’s posting, these apparent trends took a backseat to the factual errors embedded within it. As the high-profile student-run blog IvyGate first revealed, six Cornell University seniors appearing in the feature– the article and an accompanying photo– apparently do not exist. In the latest episode of our College Media Podcast, the Center for Innovation in College Media’s Bryan Murley and I discuss this journalistic slip, its link to trend stories and parachute reporting, and the increasing fearlessness of student media to challenge what they view as incorrect or illegitimate journalism.

College Media Podcast #6: Student Press Innovation Efforts, Obstacles

Welcome to the sixth episode of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a collaborative venture between me and Bryan Murley from the Center for Innovation in College Media. The podcast’s aim: spotlighting big college media news, standout student press work, and array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools. In our most recent episode, recorded Sunday afternoon, we discussed the recent exchange between digital news guru Steve Buttry and I regarding the advantages and challenges embedded within student press innovation efforts.

College Media Podcast #5: USA TODAY Redesign & the American University Breastfeeding Controversy

In our most recent episode, recorded Friday afternoon, we started with a breakdown of the high-profile USA TODAY redesign (including its new balls) and segued to a discussion about a similarly buzzworthy flap at American University involving classroom breastfeeding and some quality student newspaper reporting.

College Media Podcast #1: A Red & Black Breakdown

Welcome to the first edition of the College Media Podcast. The CMP is a new collaborative venture between me and the Center for Innovation in College Media’s Bryan Murley. In upcoming episodes, we plan to spotlight big college media news, standout student press work, and array of helpful and innovative sites, programs, and tech tools.

Twitter Takes the States, Plurk Rules in Southeast Asia

An excellent recent post by CICM intern Lauren Rabaino reveals in pie chart form what those of us following student media’s attempts at Twitter have long known: Is quality tweeting taking place?  Not so much. — Two-thirds of the 50 college media Twitter accounts Rabaino looked at are either solely serving as tiny-url advertisers for […]

25 Random Things About Modern College Media: Part 2

Last week, I kicked off my list of “25 Random Things About Modern College Media,” putting a professional twist on the Facebook-centric personal list phenomenon that continues to give us insights into parts of people’s lives I had no idea I ever wanted to know about.  My dip into collegemediatopia randomness continues below, with Part […]

An Innovative Internship: One Week Left to Apply!

Bryan Murley, director of the Center for Innovation in College Media, recently announced an internship opportunity with CICM. Part of the call is below.  Interested students should apply quickly.  The deadline is January 18th! ——- ——- The pitch: How would you like to learn new media skills while having a positive impact on the college […]

New York Times Article on College Radio Makes Me Mad

A recent New York Times article on how college radio has “maintain[ed] its mojo” in a new media universe makes me mad.  I have no problem with the focus of the piece.  College student radio stations definitely deserve a shout-out.  I just think the NYT piece suffers from numerous cliches of vision and arguments that […]

Obama Mania in College Media: A 2008 Election Recap

Since its launch, the most-viewed posts on this little blog of mine have been those with the words ‘sex’ or ‘Obama’ in the headline.  Am I attempting to exploit the blogosphere’s fascination with the latter here?  Absolutely.  (Happy Thanksgiving!)   A brief rundown of college media’s Obama-mania on and around Election Day 2008:   An Associated […]

The Cracks in College Media 2.0

In a new MediaShift post, Center for Innovation in College Media Director Bryan Murley writes that student newspaper Web sites have made leaps and bounds from their “little more than shovelware” days that were even as recent as three years ago.    It’s a thoughtful piece, reflecting on the proactive journalistic push and general happenstances […]

A Discussion About College Newspapers’ Present and Future

I recently gmail-chatted with Bryan Murley, the director of the Center for Innovation in College Media, about the good, bad, and ugly sides of the continued success of the college *print* newspaper specifically.   The discussion came at his request, partially as a follow-up to my recent posts about college print papers’ (at least temporary) invulnerability to the […]