Meet the Spring 2015 CMM Editorial Fellows

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

Best College Newspapers: 2014 Ranking Released by Princeton Review

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

Collegiate Times Editor at Virginia Tech: Paper Does Not Support Anti-Muslim Advertisement

The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech reached out to readers last night, explaining the paper does not support the content of a controversial advertisement published in its current summer print edition. The so-called FLAME ad, created and distributed by the non-profit organization Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME), is a wordy treatise pushing what many agree is an anti-Muslim agenda. In an online letter, CT editor-in-chief Michelle Sutherland confirmed that while staffers don’t agree with the ad’s “underlying message of cultural hatred,” the paper needs the money.

‘Dumb F*ckers’ vs. ‘Director of Butt Licking’: Battle of the Student Newspaper Slips

In the immediate aftermath of the recent “dumb f*ckers” student newspaper snafu, a number of individuals within collegemediatopia mentioned that it reminded them of another high-profile, vulgar slip more than 15 years before. In the late 1990s, The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech University published a story that included a pull-quote using the words of a VT administrator. Yet, instead of her actual title, she was identified in the pull-quote as a “Director of Butt Licking.”

Year in Review: Most Viral Student Media of 2011, Part 2

Strippers. Shootings. The Oscars. Osama bin Laden. One-night stands. Natural disasters. Asians in the library. And skinny jeans. These are a few of the most prominent buzzwords at the center of the student news stories, columns, online creations, and video rants that went viral in a major way over the past year. — The spread […]

Breaking News: Gunman Loose at Virginia Tech, Police Officer Shot, Killed

A smattering of media reports and a ton of tweets are reporting a gunman is loose on the campus of Virginia Tech after fatally shooting a police officer. The Collegiate Times, VT’s student newspaper, has one brief report up on its website (as of 1:30 p.m. EST), describing the suspect “as a white male wearing gray sweatpants and a gray hat with a neon green brim, a maroon hoodie sweatshirt and a backpack.”

15 Newspapers That Belong on Princeton Review ‘Best’ List

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.

Showdown at the Blacksburg Corral: Virginia Tech, The Collegiate Times, and Anonymous Online Comments, Part 3

The battle at Virginia Tech over the student newspaper’s allowance of anonymous online comments is far from over.  (Read past posts on this story here and here.)  The tactics now in play- an increasingly dubious blame game, pulled advertising, and, ironically, “professional mediation.” — The latest Roanoke Times report (please read, it will make your […]

Update: No Funding Cuts for Collegiate Times After All

First, the threats.  Next, the bad press.  Now, the retreat.  After a quick burst of mostly negative media attention nationwide and the specter of a brewing legal battle, Virginia Tech officials are backing down from their earlier call for funding cuts to the Collegiate Times student newspaper. — As the Roanoke Times reports, “Virginia Tech will […]

Virginia Tech May Cut Collegiate Times Funding Due to Paper’s Online Comments Policy (?!)

Administrators at Virginia Tech are threatening to cut the funding of The Collegiate Times student newspaper and other campus media due to their distaste for the paper’s allowance of anonymous comments following stories posted online. — As the Roanoke Times reports, the university’s Commission on Student Affairs is declaring that the paper’s failure to oversee and […]

Collegiate Times Posts Documents Related to Campus Shooting

In a move  reminiscent of professional newspapers’ handling of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and The Starr Report, The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech has posted online roughly 750 pages of what it is calling the “April 16 Documents” and what The Roanoke Times has labeled “shooting papers.”  Read Bryan Murley’s related post, including his mention […]

The Cracks in College Media 2.0

In a new MediaShift post, Center for Innovation in College Media Director Bryan Murley writes that student newspaper Web sites have made leaps and bounds from their “little more than shovelware” days that were even as recent as three years ago.    It’s a thoughtful piece, reflecting on the proactive journalistic push and general happenstances […]

College Papers Light on Endorsements in Battleground State

Virginia is gearing up to be an Election Day battleground between McCain and Obama, but endorsements from college newspapers in the state are basically nonexistent.  As The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported, papers at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison, and Liberty University will not be publicly supporting either presidential candidate with an official editorial […]