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Jennifer Conlin writes about independent student publication The Michigan Daily, which beat local daily The Ann Arbor News on a major story. Since the News underwent several repositionings in the local market, the Daily has been “the only Monday-through-Friday print publication in town”:

The constant changes have muddled The Ann Arbor News’s identity and, according to some residents, eroded its standing as the go-to source of news in the community. That sense was reinforced by the football article, on which The Ann Arbor News played catch-up after student reporters broke the story.

“I feel The Michigan Daily fills an important niche in Ann Arbor and a need that is unmet by our regional newspapers in an era of constrained resources,” said the student paper’s editor in chief, Peter Shahin, sitting with the two reporters who broke the football scandal story, Adam Rubenfire and Matt Slovin, in the Daily’s conference room. …

“We have 200 to 250 staff, and though we are a trade publication first covering the university, we are also trying to fill a void in other areas here, like the arts,” Mr. Shahin said. “I think we truly have the pulse of the town.”

Jennifer Conlin, The New York Times

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Student newspapers move to mobile as interest in print wanes

The Daily O’Collegian at Oklahoma State University is embarking on a massive reinvention that will push back deadlines, require less work on papers and encourage students to spend more time on their mobile phones.

On the surface, it sounds like … Read more

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A police is parked outside the Electrical Engineering Building on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 where  one person was killed inside a classroom by a gunman who surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack, officials said.. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue clears police who detained student journalist

Journal & Courier | The Exponent Police at Purdue University were within their rights to detain a student journalist and seize his camera, an investigation led by the school's police chief determined. Hayleigh Colombo and Dave Bangert of the (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal & Courier say the report was released on Friday afternoon. Purdue Police Chief John Cox "found that police had reason to hold Hiraku 'Michael' Takeda as he attempted to take pictures and check the scene in and near the Electrical Engineering Building moments after the shooting," they report. "Cox also said he determined that Takeda’s complaints about harassment and rough treatment were unfounded."
“He was detained because of the apprehending officers’ reasonable suspicion, supported by articulable facts, that criminal activity may be afoot based on Mr. Takeda’s entering a building they had thought was secured, not heeding their verbal commands, and attempting to flee from them,” Cox wrote. (more...)
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Purdue police detain student journalist, seize his camera

The Exponent | Journal & Courier
Michael Takeda, the photo editor for the independent Purdue University student paper The Exponent, "was slammed to the ground by the Purdue Police" Tuesday while reporting on a shooting on campus, Taylor Vincent reports.
The officers confiscated Takeda’s camera and photos, detained and questioned his whereabouts within the building, which was then on lockdown after being held by the police for roughly three hours.
Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center intervened after a request from the paper, Mikel Livingston reports in the Journal & Courier. Police returned the camera, and the paper's publisher, Pat Kuhnle, told Livingston "it appeared that the photographs on the camera were untouched."

You can see one of Takeda's photos in this Exponent account of the shooting.
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Students at the University of Cincinnati talk on their phones in this April 2006 photo. Campus news sites are seeing their audiences migrate to mobile devices. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

College websites seeing mobile migration, but not all are ready

Website traffic at the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald was less than 1 percent mobile in 2010. This year, it’s 39 percent and growing. And while visits on desktops have more than doubled to 951,000 since 2010, mobile visits have … Read more

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College paper pulls white supremacist ad after funding threats

Student Press Law Center | The Guardian
Student journalists at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, ran ads from a white supremacist group, then pulled the ads after administrators threatened to cut funding.

Samantha Vicent writes about the decision in Student Press Law Center, reporting that student paper The Guardian agreed to a four week contract with a group called The First Freedom, which reports on its own site that it's supported by the Nation of Aryans Against Commie Putrefaction. (more...)
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U.S. Soccer-sponsored internship prepares students for ‘a really confusing world of journalism’

On Thursday, Poynter reported on a potential partnership between Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Poynter initially made calls on the story with questions about the ethics of the arrangement. What degree of independence would the students have? Would they mostly be doing public relations?

But the story didn't focus on those questions. Instead, it centered on the possibility that the whole thing might not happen after excited students began contacting the U.S. Soccer Federation themselves and the federation put on the brakes.

But it did include this line: "Feeding the U.S. Soccer’s Twitter account and other media sites wouldn’t be a problem for students in the school’s public relations (Strategic Communication) track, but poses ethical issues for the student journalists."

And that's what Bill Reader, associate professor at Ohio University, took issue with. In a comment posted on the story, Reader wrote:
It is unfair and unethical itself to level an allegation that there is some "ethical" impropriety with such an educational opportunity. College students are just that -- students -- who are free to take courses outside of their major areas of study or to get involved in activities that aren't within the "bubbles" of their chosen majors.

In the case of students interested in sports journalism, it would be foolish for them to not also take some courses about sports administration and marketing.


Kelly McBride, Poynter senior faculty, said Friday that a variety of opportunities exist for journalists now, and an opportunity like OU's partnership prepares students for "a really confusing world of journalism." (more...)
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College newspaper fires editor who it says plagiarized ‘from at least 22 sources’

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The Criterion of Colorado Mesa University fired its online editor "after learning that as many as 16 of the opinion pieces she has written since October 2012 contain content plagiarized from at least 22 sources," the paper writes in an unbylined piece that doesn't name the editor. (more...)
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Update: Student editor at The Gramblinite won’t return

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Grambling State University's dean of students overturned the suspension of the online editor and the opinion editor at school paper The Gramblinite, Tracie Powell reports, but at least one of the students will not return to the paper.

“I feel like they tried to silence my voice,” David Lankster Sr. told Powell Tuesday, saying he wouldn't return as online editor: “Rather than deal with that again, I’ll just start my own blog or website.”

Kimberly Monroe, The Gramblinite's opinons editor, also wasn't sure of her future with the school's paper. “I’m not 100 percent sure at this moment. I will speak with my academic adviser later this week. But as of right now, I haven’t been back to the newsroom," Powell reported Monroe said. “There are just a lot of things still left unsaid in terms of the communication between all staff members, including the adviser.” (more...)
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How college newspapers can cope with stories that go viral

One is a story about racial segregation within the Greek system at an iconic southern university. The other reads like a cheesy movie script except it was 100 percent true: college students renting part of an off-campus house discover a … Read more

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