Breaking down breaking news

Editors from Ohio State University’s student-run newspaper talk about initial reactions and lessons learned from reporting on an attack on their campus.

Best College Newspapers: 2014 Ranking Released by Princeton Review

The Yale Daily News, The Daily Orange & The Cornell Daily Sun are the top three student pubs.

50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities

A list of 50 undergraduate journalism programs I consider to be the best in the U.S.

College Media Hall of Fame, Class of 2011: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte is a media law wunderkind. He helps student journalists, their advisers, their professors, and their publications at a prodigious rate, daily. Make no mistake: LoMonte is the face of student press rights in this country.

Dan’s Journey to Iraq: A Student Press Adventure, Part 2, “More Please”

Early last year, I began writing about The AUIS Voice, the first independent student newspaper in post-Saddam Iraq. Started by a scrappy band of Iraqi students and an impassioned ex-Washington Post reporter, the Voice’s spirit of innovation is ironically its adherence to the oldest principles of the craft: objectivity, editorial freedom, and the search for truth (rarities among Iraqi media). In mid-May, via a university grant, I traveled to the northern Kurdish region of Iraq to interview and observe the student staffers in action– along with gaining a glimpse of the university and region where their unfolding story is set. This series is centered on my trip.

Utah Chronicle Staffers in Trouble for Vulgar Goodbye Issue

Administrators at the University of Utah have threatened to hold the academic records, transcripts, and degrees of nine soon-to-graduate senior staffers at The Daily Utah Chronicle.  The reason: A series of editorials run in the newspaper’s goodbye issue that had a bit of less-than-subtle vulgarity squeezed into their otherwise innocuous words. — As the SPLC reports, […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part Six (The Conclusion)

“One Team, One Newspaper“ — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part Six: “They Had Never Seen Something Like This” — On the first day the Voice appeared on campus at AUI-S, 15 students stopped by Jackie Spinner’s office expressing an interest in joining the staff.  “The students, and I’m talking about readers […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part Five

“One Team, One Newspaper” — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part Five: “Thank God We Clashed It Together” — In late January, during his birthday weekend, design editor Yad Faiq sat down and carefully laid out the editorial page for the Voice’s first issue.  And then he redesigned it.  He later redesigned […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part 4

“One Team, One Newspaper” — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part Four: “Editorial? What Do You Mean Editorial?” — When Namo Kaftan was nine years old, his father, a biomedical engineer, brought a laptop from work to the family’s home in Sulaimani.  For Kaftan, now 21, it was love at first start-up.  […]

Student Editor: Someone Stole All Copies of Current Issue

Every copy of the current Current, the student newspaper at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., has vanished. Editor Nathan Giebel (recently featured in a CMM student journalist spotlight) suspects theft.  So do school officials. — In his words, “I think the main question on everyone’s mind at the moment is: Why? Did we print something […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part 3

“One Team, One Newspaper” — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part Three: “What! Another Newspaper?” — Dana Jaff knew it would happen.  He had seen it happen before.  He even unwittingly predicted it would happen on his own newspaper’s front page: The beginning Times would also be the end of Times. — […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part Two

“One Team, One Newspaper” — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part Two: “I Fell in Love with Iraq” — The Voice began, indirectly, with a stumble and a scandal.  Washington Post veteran staff writer Jackie Spinner arrived in Iraq in May 2004 primarily to cover the criminal proceedings tied to the infamous Abu […]

The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press, Part One

“One Team, One Newspaper” — The Founding of Iraq’s Independent Student Press — Part One: “THIS is a Newspaper” — Zimnaku Mohammed Saleh lost his family, fled his homeland, and adopted a new identity– all before he could walk and talk.  As a four-month-old living in Halabja, Iraq, Saleh was one of the residents fortunate […]

Student Editor: Campus Paper Newsroom “Like an Antarctic Research Base”

The outgoing operations manager of The Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia has penned an excellent goodbye editorial worth a glimpse, if nothing else, for its opening comparison.  In a piece headlined simply “Tundra-tested,” Wm. Hunter Tammaro writes: — The Cavalier Daily office is a lot like an Antarctic research base.  No, really. Although […]

Daily Californian Staffer Arrested at Protest, But Gets Story

Student journalist Cameron Burns was recently manhandled by police, handcuffed, tossed to the ground, and bussed off to jail. But he got the story. Late last week, the eighteen-year-old multimedia producer for The Daily Californian at the University of California, Berkeley, joined a large group of anarchists marching roughly eight miles from Berkeley to Oakland to […]