Student Social Media Directors, Check Out Michigan Daily’s Citizen Journalism Tool #MichLinks

Student news outlet social media directors, take note: a reader engagement exercise potentially worth emulating is in its third month of operation at The Michigan Daily and seemingly finding success. As the Daily explains to its readers, #MichLinks is a “citizen journalism tool that compiles reporting about Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.”

Oregon Journalism Students Having Trouble Checking Out Multimedia Equipment They Need (@DailyEmerald)

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon are increasingly having trouble checking out reporting 2.0 tools like video cameras and digital recorders from the school stockpile, a report late last week in The Oregon Daily Emerald revealed. Apparently, a new set of classes is requiring their use, suddenly making demand dramatically outpace supply. Frustrations are up. Assignments are being submitted late. Deadlines are being pushed back. And work quality is suffering.

10 ‘College Freshman’ Memes: A Glimpse at How a New Hampshire Senior’s Pic is Being Used (#Memes)

As I wrote in my previous post, University of New Hampshire senior Griffin Kiritsy is currently a major part of the college memes phenomenon– without his control or consent. He is featured in a photo being used as the so-called “College Freshman” meme.

Student Newspaper Strip Club Headline Causes Controversy at Oklahoma State

A sexually suggestive headline sitting atop a recent article on the front page of The Daily O’Collegian has prompted an uproar on Oklahoma State University’s campus. As I previously posted, the OK State student newspaper topped a front page centerpiece about a new strip club opening near campus with the header: “Diamond in the Muff.”

Jim Romenesko’s ‘Retirement Blog’ is Journalism’s Newest Destination Site

Jim Romenesko is having a good time. Lately, the “journalism evangelist,” “KING of the blogosphere,” and “go-to source for news about the news” has been waking up earlier, posting more often, and featuring content he had not felt free to publish for more than a decade. In the wake of his abrupt departure from The Poynter Institute late last year, he established an eponymous independent site that has quickly been embraced by media professionals, educators, students, and even a few Facebook spammers worldwide.

The Chronicle, Duke University’s Student Newspaper, Premieres New Web Platform

According to recent reports, fewer students are packing into Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch Coach K and Duke University basketball. My guess: They are home scrolling through The Chronicle. The student newspaper at Duke University has further upped its digital awesomeness, rolling out a new web platform is boldly dubbing “Chron 2.0.”

North Carolina State Technician Publishes Accidental ‘Gay’ Tweet

It is a tweet staffers no doubt wish they could take back: “i think i might be gay??” The odd questioning message popped up yesterday on the twitter feed of The Technician, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University. It was quickly deleted, but not before at least one reader spotted and retweeted it. The paper soon after apologized.

Funny Journalism Video: Old Newspaper Loons

This occasional CMM series shares funny viral vids related in some way to journalism and media. To nominate a video, send along a link and any needed context to me at Video Title: “How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?”

Debate at Missouri’s School of Journalism: Should Students Be Allowed to Work for Multiple Media Outlets?

A public debate is currently playing out among some profs, alums, and students within the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism centered on a student press conflict of interest. The basic question at the debate’s core: Should students be allowed to work for multiple, possibly competing campus media at the same time?

Dorm Furniture Fun: What are Students Allowed to Trade, Move Out or Alter? (@princetonian #college)

In a recent opinion piece I just came across in The Daily Princetonian at Princeton University, a pair of student writers tackle the issue of dorm room furniture. In particular, they focus on school policy governing the relative freedom students have to lend, borrow, move out, and alter school-issued furniture in on-campus rooms. The piece prompted an audio brainstorming session that you can you tune in by clicking on the play button below. Its aim is helping student media staffers, their advisers, and j-profs possibly plan a related report of their own.

Caught in the Web with Katelyn Sweigart #1

Caught in the Web is a new CMM feature created and maintained by Katelyn Sweigart, the web editor of The Mustang Daily and a senior journalism student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It lays out a range of web tools and platforms aimed at helping student journalists up their writing, reporting, and multimedia awesomeness.

A Student Editor’s 24-Hour Video Game Experiment

Late last semester, Miles Parks decided to play video games for 24 hours straight. Or in his words, “I was going to sit and game and turn my cerebral cortex into applesauce.” The student at the University of Tampa (where I teach and advise), an admittedly light gamer, conducted the multi-player, multi-platform, multi-game experiment in part to better understand his many friends and classmates who “can sit down at one end of an evening and beat up bad guys until the sun rises.”

Funny Student Press Headlines #7: ‘Texting, Walking & Why I Love Country Music & Don’t Care If You Don’t’

Texting and driving has made headlines in recent months. Sleep texting has even leapt onto the scene lately as a particularly curious phenomenon. But one other text-centric habit deserving of a spotlight has largely been ignored . . . until now. As the header to a recent commentary appearing in The Butler Collegian observes, “Texting and Walking Becomes a Nuisance.”

Quad News at Quinnipiac Goes Dark in Protest of SOPA

The Quad News, an online student news outlet at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, went symbolically “dark” yesterday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  While many college media pubs. wrote about yesterday’s wide-ranging web shutdowns, it appears the Quad News is the only student 0utlet to actually join the fight by also shutting down. […]

Funny Student Press Headline #6: ‘Measuring Stress Levels in Spit’

A story published late last semester in The Technician at North Carolina State University recently leapt onto my radar for its focus on an odd bit of undergraduate research.