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.”

State Press at ASU Going Digital-First, Shifting From Daily to Weekly Print Paper

The State Press is doing nothing less than “re-inventing the college newspaper for the 21st century.” Late last week, the Arizona State University student paper announced a big, bold, headfirst leap into the digital journalism wonderland. The State Press 2.0 will premiere in January. It will drop its daily print edition in favor of a bulked-up weekly and “digital products [that] include a new website optimized for viewing on mobile devices, updated iPhone and Android apps, as well as a new iPad app.”

Advantages, Disadvantages to Student Media Digital Experimentation: My Response to Steve Buttry Report

Nieman

Student journalists need to start experimenting with digital storytelling more often, more comprehensively, and more boldly, according to Steve Buttry. In a new post for Nieman Journalism Lab, the news innovation guru (whose perspectives I’m really starting to enjoy) contends that “student media have advantages that professional media don’t in experimenting in their pursuit of digital-first prosperity.” Below is Buttry’s complete list of cited advantages, along with my instant analysis of their validity– including the realities and disadvantages that need to be recognized.