SUNY Oswego Journalism Student Threatened with Suspension Over Email to Hockey Coaches

Officials at SUNY Oswego recently threatened an international journalism student with suspension and campus banishment over emails he sent to hockey coaches while working on a class assignment. The 30-second gist, according to Gawker and FIRE: Australian native Alex Myers currently studies journalism and works in the Office of Public Affairs at SUNY Oswego. For a class assignment requiring “a feature on a public figure,” he selected the school’s hockey coach Ed Gosek. As part of his info gathering legwork, he emailed the hockey coaches at Cornell University, Canisius College, and SUNY Cortland requesting their feedback on Gosek. The email contained two faux pas– one major and factual and the other more minor and stylistic. First, Myers identified himself as a SUNY Oswego public affairs staffer, not a student. Second, he urged the coaches, “Be as forthcoming as you like, what you say about Mr Gosek does not have to be positive.”

Emerson College Student Group Accuses Berkeley Beacon of Bias Over Unpublished Op-Ed

An interesting journalism ethics battle is being waged at Boston’s Emerson College over an unpublished op-ed. Student members of something called Emerson Progressives and Radicals in Defense of Employees (PRIDE) claim editors of The Berkeley Beacon attempted to change the stance of an op-ed submitted to the paper so that it aligned more with their opinions. Beacon editors deny the charge.

Kenyon College Newspaper Also Revokes Quote Review Option, Following Harvard Crimson Decision

The Kenyon Collegian at Ohio’s Kenyon College is no longer allowing sources to review and request changes to their quotes in stories prior to publication. As co-editor-in-chief Liliana Martinez tells me, the paper stopped adhering to what had apparently become accepted practice for some sources after seeing the similar review rejection policies recently adopted by The New York Times and The Harvard Crimson.

Princetonian to Stop Using Email Quotes in Stories, Except in ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’

The decision is apparently a pushback against the “prevalence of email quotes” appearing in articles.

American University Professor Attacks Student Paper for Asking About Her Mid-Class Breastfeeding

American University professor Adrienne Pine is nastily attacking The Eagle campus newspaper for its efforts to report upon a recent class session in which Pine breastfed her baby in front of students while lecturing. Bottom line: Forget the breastfeeding. Pine’s angry screed is now the story. The off-base, highly-personal, downright mean attack on competent student journalists is beneath an individual in her position. It displays a severe lack of understanding about basic journalism tenets and the journalistic process. And it also shows the danger of jumping the gun.

SMU Daily Campus: ‘Why We Endorse Candidates’

The endorsing of political candidates prior to elections is a journalistic tradition older than the inverted pyramid and Larry King, combined. Many college newspapers trod a similar endorsement path with student government candidates- penning editorials prior to campus elections spotlighting the contenders they feel will be the best holders of particular offices.

Update: KU Student Senate Finance Committee Votes to Cut Daily Kansan Funding

The Student Senate Finance Committee at Kansas University has fired the first real shot amid the increasingly heated war of words regarding funding for The Daily Kansan student newspaper. — As I first blogged about late last week, the Daily Kansan is facing a potential cut of $83,000 to its budget.  Why?  Because some members […]

Eternal Ethical Question: A Student (Journalist’s) Identity

One of the oldest student journalism ethical tightropes unfurled with a bit of a new media twist recently at Cornell University. As Cornell Daily Sun public editor Rob Tricchinelli explained in his excellent write-up on the situation: — Mike Wacker ’10 is a Sun columnist whose ‘Wack Attack’ column appears alternate Wednesdays. Wacker recently arranged […]

Arizona Daily Wildcat Covers an Arrest, Loses an Editor

The managing editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct late last month during a taping of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Student staffers at the top-notch paper suddenly faced the eternal ugh-tastic j-dilemma: how to cover one of your own. — Their decision ultimately led to […]

Student Newspaper Drops Rising Death Toll from Front Page

The new blog is happening- aiming for a post-Labor-Day debut.  In the meantime, a death toll is missing.  In a recent staff editorial, eds. at The Daily Toreador, the student newspaper at Texas Tech, announced that the paper will no longer publish a tally of soldiers killed in fighting in Iraq on its front page. […]

Minnesota Daily Makes *Tough* Online Ethics Decision

Top editor: Content disseminated online is “no longer written in stone.”

Emerald Publisher Hired Four Months After Strike About Hiring a Publisher

More than four months after staffers at The Emerald, the University of Oregon student newspaper, staged a high-profile, socially-networked strike over the hiring of an outside publisher, an outside publisher (with an insider’s credibility) has been named. — According to The Eugene Register-Guard, the student paper’s board voted unaminously to hire Kellee Weinhold after a […]

Student Plagiarist Mac Arthur Meets with School Officials

The Independent Florida Alligator is reporting that Hailey Mac Arthur, the University of Florida student recently caught plagiarizing from the New York Times during an internship with a Colorado newspaper, has met with administrators from the university’s College of Journalism and Communication. — Due to privacy rules, there is no word on how the meeting […]

Plagiarism Equals Expulsion for Once Mighty Mac Arthur

The Independent Florida Alligator has verified it, with the help of UF’s journalism department chair: If confirmed, UF rising junior Hailey Mac Arthur’s NYT’s love-fest/plagiarism will result in her expulsion from the College of Journalism and Communications.  (What about from the university or the journalism field in general or from America or Second Life or the […]

Florida Journalism Student Fired for Plagiarizing Stories from New York Times

Somewhere, Tim Tebow is shaking his fists with rage.  In a case of either sheer unethical boldness or unbelievable ignorance, a University of Florida journalism student has sullied the UF championship facade- plagiarizing parts of articles she wrote as an intern for a Colorado newspaper from none other than the New York freakin’ Times.  (As […]