Be Careful Student Sports Reporters, Your School May Have an In-Game Tweet Limit

Journalists are currently abuzz about the University of Washington men’s basketball team– not for its play but for how it’s allowed to be covered. Athletics officials at the school recently told a local sports reporter to stop live-tweeting so much during an early season game. The weird warning revealed a new official rule instituted for all live coverage of UW games by outside press– 20 tweets tops at basketball games and no more than 45 tweets during football games. It is the latest sports reporting body blow at the college level brought to light this semester.

Officials Limit Student Press Reporting on College Football Practices, Player Injuries

School and team officials are increasingly ordering the student and professional press to refrain from reporting on college football player injuries via observations made or information obtained during team practices. As a respected adviser at an A-list student newspaper shared yesterday on a popular college media list-serv, “My sports editor just told me that our football beat reporter was approached at practice by the team’s sports info guy and ‘informed’ that the DTH was not to report on players’ injuries anymore. As in, we see a guy walking around in a cast, we can’t report that. If we do, the football coach will freeze the paper out of mid-week availability. Which is completely ludicrous, of course.” Ludicrous, but not unprecedented.

Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Confused with University of Washington’s Daily

The Daily, Murdoch’s tablet news operation, is dying. The Daily at UW is doing fine.

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.”