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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.… Read more


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.… Read more

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College newspaper fires editor who it says plagiarized ‘from at least 22 sources’

The Criterion

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.… Read more


Update: Student editor at The Gramblinite won’t return


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.… Read more


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 man living in a secret room in the basement.

The first story, which detailed how several sororities tried to pledge a black woman but were stopped by their alumnae and advisers, played out on the pages of The Crimson White at the University of Alabama. It garnered immediate attention from the national media, shut down the website from a traffic overload and forced staff members to hunker down in the newsroom and deal with the aftermath. At least one prominent journalist has suggested the paper deserves Pulitzer consideration for its work, and the story was featured in Poynter’s Excellence Project.… Read more

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College papers cutting back on print editions

At least three college newspapers announced this month that they’re going to cut their print schedules — the University of Illinois’ Daily Illini, the University of Missouri’s The Maneater and San Diego State University’s The Aztec. They join other college newspapers, including Duke University’s The Chronicle, that have been cutting back on their print editions.

The Daily Illini will publish four days a week instead of five as a cost-cutting measure, editor-in-chief Darshan Patel told the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette. Digital technology also played into the decision. “What we noticed on our website and now on the mobile site is that more students go to that than pick up our papers,” Patel said.

The Maneater, Mizzou’s independent newspaper, will publish once a week instead of twice a week.… Read more


Red & Black’s student board members get voting rights

The Red & Black | Student Press Law Center

Two student members of The Red & Black’s board will have voting rights, the independent student newspaper at the University of Georgia announced Monday.

A conflict between the board and student journalists last year led to a weird chapter in the history of American university journalism:

1) The students walked off the job Aug. 15 after the board placed its adviser in charge of editorial content, a move the paper’s now-former publisher Harry Montevideo characterized as an “overreaction” in an interview with Poynter.… Read more

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Princeton Review names Cornell Daily Sun the nation’s top college newspaper

Princeton Review | College Media Matters

The Cornell Daily Sun is the best college newspaper in the U.S., Princeton Review’s annual survey says. That’s “a startlingly dramatic rise for the Cornell University student pub,” Dan Reimold writes in College Media Matters. Last year’s champion, the Daily Collegian of Penn State, dropped to fifth place.

The Top 10:… Read more

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Student newspapers facing same pressures as pro publications

In an era of changing media models, student journalists aren’t just grappling with the basics of reporting, writing, editing and publishing — they’re struggling to survive.

The challenge is the same one faced by their professional counterparts: decreased advertising revenue coupled with increased printing costs. Like the pros, college media organizations have tried to adapt by simultaneously pursuing cost reductions and striking out into new businesses.

“I don’t know a student news outlet in the country that hasn’t been affected in some way,” Dan Reimold, a faculty adviser to The Minaret, the college newspaper for the University of Tampa, said by phone. Reimold writes about student newspapers on his blog College Media Matters.

Reimold said student newspapers caught in a financial vice have been forced to cut pay for their editors, reduce page size and slash print runs.… Read more


Former student editor: Print editions aren’t fundamental to college newspapers’ existence

PBS MediaShift | Student Press Law Center | Report Schick

University of Virginia graduate Matthew Cameron wrote a thesis suggesting ways university newspapers can survive and thrive, Dan Reimold writes. Student journalists who are paid “shouldn’t expect the same compensation they did in the past,” Reimold says, nor should they fight a migration away from print.

Cameron was editor-in-chief at U.Va.’s Cavalier Daily, where “We found that people were becoming less interested in the print paper,” Cameron told Reimold.

“Then when we looked at our pick-up rates [the amount of copies grabbed from newsstands around campus], the numbers we found confirmed the papers weren’t being picked up as much as they used to.”

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