Best College Newspapers: 2014 Ranking Released by Princeton Review

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

Year in Review: Most Viral Student Media of 2012, Part 2

Allegations of Ivy League hazing. Alice in Wonderland on LSD. A Biblical studies professor busted in a child predator sting. A student squirrel whisperer. A 280-pound black bear falling from a tree. And something called milking. These buzzwords and teaser descriptions factor into a few of the many viral creations published or posted by college media over the past year. The student press was responsible for an especially high number of viral reports, columns, videos, photos, headlines, and tweets in 2012. Here is part 2 of a chronological rundown of top college media moments and content that blew up online in 2012.

Year in Review: Most Viral Student Media of 2012, Part 1

Allegations of Ivy League hazing. Alice in Wonderland on LSD. A Biblical studies professor busted in a child predator sting. A student squirrel whisperer. A 280-pound black bear falling from a tree. And something called milking. These buzzwords and teaser descriptions factor into a few of the many viral creations published or posted by college media over the past year. The student press was responsible for an especially high number of viral reports, columns, videos, photos, headlines, and tweets in 2012. Collectively, their moments in the digital spotlight offer a fascinating foundation for a student press year in review– a glimpse at what was especially popular, controversial, funny, unexpected, and out of control. In that spirit, here is a chronological rundown of top college media moments and content that blew up online in 2012.

50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities [Updated for 2013]

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

The Story of Penn State’s Student Squirrel Whisperer: ‘From Stupid Blog to World Sensation’

Early last month, Onward State featured Mary Krupa, a Penn State University freshman “best known for playing with squirrels, while also donning them with tiny-squirrel sized hats.” PSU’s premier online independent outlet dubbed Krupa nothing less than a full-blown “squirrel whisperer.” At present, roughly 45 days after Onward State’s initial post, Krupa has evolved from a “mini-web phenomenon” to a full-blown “world sensation.” On today’s interwebs, how does a squirrel whisperer go viral? In a fascinating new post, OS senior content producer Ryan Kristobak offers a step-by-step glimpse at Krupa’s sudden, circuitous journey to digital stardom.

Penn State Daily Collegian Publishes ‘One Year Later’ Sandusky Scandal Special Section

The Daily Collegian at Penn State University published a special section in today’s issue offering a retrospective about various aspects of the high-profile Sandusky scandal that continues to haunt the school. The six-page section, titled “One Year Later,” appears on the anniversary of the release of the grand jury presentment that revealed the shockingly graphic charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It was the day Casey McDermott– the Collegian’s managing editor at the time and now its editor-in-chief– first realized “what a horrific story this would be.”

Penn State Daily Collegian Names Entire ‘Sandusky Scandal’ Staff to Paper’s Hall of Fame

The entire 2011-2012 editorial and business staff of The Daily Collegian at Penn State University has been named to the paper’s Hall of Fame. It is an honor almost exclusively given to individual staffers. Longtime Collegian general manager Patti Hartranft announced the special selection this past Saturday night at a formal dinner in State College, Pa., part of a weekend-long alumni reunion celebrating the paper’s 125th anniversary.

Princeton Review Names Best College Newspapers

The Princeton Review has released its annual listing of the biggest and best at colleges and universities nationwide. Along with rundowns of the top party schools, school athletic facilities, and student radio stations, the Review has named the best U.S. college newspapers.

Student Blogs “Determined to Reinvent College Journalism”

The still relatively new batch of online student outlets with new media sense and underground sensibilities have been dubbed nothing less than full-blown “blogging fraternities.”  A new Chronicle of Higher Education feature declares that the “national wave of student-run Web outfits [are] determined to reinvent college journalism. . . . Readers devour these sites. College officials […]

Daily Collegian News Adviser Fired, Penn State Alumni Livid

A note I just received from a trusted source with intimate knowledge of Penn State’s Daily Collegian, one of the best student papers within collegemediatopia: – “Yesterday at 3:30 p.m., the [Daily Collegian‘s] longtime news adviser, John Harvey, was fired.  Most people seem to think this is a personal vendetta thing involving the newspaper’s General […]

Daily Collegian Photographer Charged in Riot at PSU

First, just for fun, an announcement: I pen this post from Hong Kong, meaning I have now blogged about college media while in four countries (HK, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore).  I write this in the spirit of The Poynter Institute’s esteemed Al Tompkins, who notes with a smile at the start of a How to Vlog video he […]