University of Oregon’s Emerald Builds Special Site for Fiesta Bowl Coverage (#Interactive #Innovative #GoDucks)

The Emerald at the University of Oregon is welcoming in 2013 with a fun, furious thunderclap of online innovation. In honor of this evening’s Fiesta Bowl battle between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State University Wildcats, the UO student student media group has taken over its own homepage. The reconstructed web digs feature game-day tweets (all with a #GoDucks hashtag), Instagram photos (including those geo-tagged close to the stadium in Glendale, Ariz.), a reader chat board, and stories from a half-dozen Emerald staffers reporting on Fiesta football and other festivities in person. The tweets, pics, chat, and content are each presented in their own vertical streams, updated in real-time, making for a fun top to bottom wait-scroll-browse-repeat for even casual fans.

Red & Black Editor: Georgia Tech Paper’s ‘To Hell With Georgia’ Football Rivalry Issue ‘A Lose-Lose for Everyone’

Yesterday afternoon, the University of Georgia football squad tore apart in-state rival Georgia Tech University to earn a shot at the SEC title and a berth in the BCS national championship game. In a column published the day before the shellacking, Red & Black opinion editor Blake Seitz at UGA unleashed a similarly harsh editorial smackdown of sorts aimed at the Technique, Georgia’s Tech’s student newspaper. The focus of Seitz’s ire: To Hell With Georgia, a special satirical issue published annually by the Technique prior to the UGA-GT game. Over the years, within the issue, the Technique staff has not-so-subtly poked fun at general UGA stereotypes including “alcohol, rednecks, farm animals, and lots of dawgs.”

Be Careful Student Sports Reporters, Your School May Have an In-Game Tweet Limit

Journalists are currently abuzz about the University of Washington men’s basketball team– not for its play but for how it’s allowed to be covered. Athletics officials at the school recently told a local sports reporter to stop live-tweeting so much during an early season game. The weird warning revealed a new official rule instituted for all live coverage of UW games by outside press– 20 tweets tops at basketball games and no more than 45 tweets during football games. It is the latest sports reporting body blow at the college level brought to light this semester.

Georgia’s Red & Black Runs Full-Page ‘Trash-Talk Ad’ Predicting Florida Football Win

The Red & Black at the University of Georgia ran a full-page “trash-talk advertisement” in Thursday’s paper– against its own football team. The ad, paid for by supporters of the University of Florida football program, features a strong-armed Gator with gritted teeth taking down a hapless UGA Bulldogs football player. The image aligns with the thrust of the ad, which lays out a number of reasons “Why Our Gators Will Bury the Dawgs Little Bone . . . Again.” The number-two ranked Gators are taking on the 10th-ranked Bulldogs this afternoon in Athens, Ga., in a marquee conference match-up.

Kansan Football Reporter Warned About Asking Questions at Press Conference with Head Coach

University Daily Kansan sports writer Blake Schuster says athletics officials at the University of Kansas warned him in a private meeting about asking questions at the most recent press conference with head football coach Charlie Weis. The reason? Their concerns about “lingering ill-will among members of the football program.”

Anti-Romney College Football Ad in Ohio State Lantern Grabs Eyeballs, Press Attention

A full-page advertisement in the recent Homecoming issue of The Lantern at Ohio State University has stirred attention for serving up a simple reminder to OSU diehards and alums: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a fan of the University of Michigan Wolverines, a heated OSU football rival. Student press, meet the political silly season.

Kansas Football Coach Tweets Angrily About Daily Kansan Coverage of Team

Charlie Weis was wicked mad late last week. The head coach of the University of Kansas football team lashed out at The University Daily Kansan in a 140-character burst of righteous anger. The tweet spurred national attention and a public scolding from some members of the press.

Officials Limit Student Press Reporting on College Football Practices, Player Injuries

School and team officials are increasingly ordering the student and professional press to refrain from reporting on college football player injuries via observations made or information obtained during team practices. As a respected adviser at an A-list student newspaper shared yesterday on a popular college media list-serv, “My sports editor just told me that our football beat reporter was approached at practice by the team’s sports info guy and ‘informed’ that the DTH was not to report on players’ injuries anymore. As in, we see a guy walking around in a cast, we can’t report that. If we do, the football coach will freeze the paper out of mid-week availability. Which is completely ludicrous, of course.” Ludicrous, but not unprecedented.

Stony Brook Student Magazine’s Funny Football Tweets Lead to Censorship Threat

Late last month, athletics officials at Stony Brook University threatened the press credentials of a student magazine in response to a staffer’s comedic live-tweeting of a football game. It is one of the stranger student press censorship cases I have come across.

Onward State Founder Explains ‘What Happened Last Night’ with Paterno Death Mistake

In a post shared this morning, Onward State founder and general manager Davis Shaver candidly explains how the Penn State student news outlet mistakenly reported Joe Paterno’s death prior to its actual occurrence. According to Shaver, the error seems to have been caused by a pair of deceitful happenings in rapid succession: a hoax email from a supposedly high-ranking PSU official and a dishonest Onward State reporter.

Penn State’s Daily Collegian: ‘Messages to Joe Paterno’

In a video report completed last night and shared moments ago, Daily Collegian staffer Kelley King asks students gathered at the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno a single question: “If you could say one thing to Joe Paterno right now, what would it be?” The responses are especially touching amid word this morning that Paterno died overnight in the hospital.

East Carolina Student Media Director Fired 2 Months After ‘Streaker’ Photo Published

East Carolina University officials have fired Paul Isom, ECU’s student media director, without warning or much explanation. The sudden termination has prompted speculation among the college media community that it was related to the The East Carolinian’s infamous ‘streaker’ photo published in November on its front page.

Official Stops Student Journalists from Blogging Due to NCAA Rules

This video explains much more comprehensively than I ever could the many, many, many, many reasons the NCAA rule severely limiting live blogging of college sports is crudely written, overreaching, and just plain dumb. ————- ————- As Just Journalism reported, a Wake Forest official warned Indiana Daily Student staffers live-blogging an IU-Wake Forest basketball game […]

Football, an Arrest, and College Media Excellence

Wide receiver and return specialist Bryant Eteuati played in a game for Weber State University’s football team last Saturday.  His return to the field marked the end of a journalistic drama that started about a month before, immediately after his arrest on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault that he’d accrued for hitting people with his car.   […]