Meet the Spring 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows

The CMM Editorial Fellowship is aimed at amplifying the voices of student media leaders nationwide.

Daily Texan Reporter Reflects on Covering Fisher v. Texas Supreme Court Case

Andrew Messamore has arguably enjoyed the most interesting reporting day within collegemediatopia so far this semester. He flew to Washington D.C. last week, reporting live Wednesday from the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Daily Texan enterprise reporter was there to cover oral arguments in a high-profile case involving the “race-conscious admissions process” employed by the University of Texas and many other schools nationwide. In the brief Q&A below, Messamore discusses his coverage’s aims and what it was like reporting from inside the Supreme Court. He also offers advice for other student journalists faced with reporting on broad-based issues of national and international significance.

20 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds for Student Journalists

Here is a starter list of 20 must-follow Twitter feeds– specifically those that will help students learn the craft and keep up with what journalists are debating, enjoying and attempting to understand on a daily basis. Some feature journalism, media and technology news. Others offer advice and job and internship listings. And still others are kept by journalists and big thinkers whose new media maxims, mindsets and methods are worth emulating. The must-follow feeds are listed in alphabetical order.

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.

The New York Times, Trend Stories, Student Drinking & Fake IDs

In a trend story published in The New York Times last week, freelance reporter Courtney Rubin focused on the changing drinking habits of undergrads in the social media age. The morning after the piece’s posting, these apparent trends took a backseat to the factual errors embedded within it. As the high-profile student-run blog IvyGate first revealed, six Cornell University seniors appearing in the feature– the article and an accompanying photo– apparently do not exist. In the latest episode of our College Media Podcast, the Center for Innovation in College Media’s Bryan Murley and I discuss this journalistic slip, its link to trend stories and parachute reporting, and the increasing fearlessness of student media to challenge what they view as incorrect or illegitimate journalism.

College Papers Not Immune to Economic Doom and Gloom

As I wrote in early October, “The story of the student press so far this semester: The existence of the first sustained crack in college print papers’ seeming invincibility to the online takeover and economic downturn.”   Since then, the economy has continued to collapse faster than Amy Winehouse’s career, prompting an unprecedented ad-revenue slowdown and […]