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.

Weird College News: Turtle Racing, Duck Killing & Laundry Room Chicken

A University of New Mexico staffer apparently beat a duck to death earlier this summer with a metal trash grabber– and tossed eggs from its nest in a pond. When confronted by an eyewitness– who wrote a letter this week to The Daily Lobo– the assailant said she was simply following school policy and cleaning up the nest’s mess.

University of Texas Student Media Board Director ‘Quits Under Pressure’

The director UT Student Media, the board overseeing major student media operations at the University of Texas at Austin, has abruptly “resigned under pressure” only eight months after being hired. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Gary Borders quit without consulting other members of the board, which is described as “quasi-independent” of the university.

Student Press Story Ideas: Alien Sex, Slow Sex, SlutWalks

The age of “paranormal erotica” is upon us, according to The State Press. In a recent column in the Arizona State University student newspaper, Mary Richardson writes that numerous books, films, and songs are implanting an overt, otherworldly sexuality into popular culture that is upstaging romantic interactions among mere mortals.