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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. Read more

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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 risen from about 2,700 to 619,000 — nearly 23,000 percent — in that time. (Statistics cover Jan. 1 through Oct. 31 of each year.)

“I told our students that I think next year we will be majority mobile and the news editor asked me: ‘What does that mean for us?’ ” Ryan Frank, Emerald Media Group publisher, said in a phone interview. “It means we’re no longer digital-first — we’re mobile-first.”

It’s a similar story at Ohio State University where I serve as student media director and oversee The Lantern Media Group. The Lantern has seen its mobile traffic grow from more than 16,000 visits in 2010 to nearly 531,000 this year, marking a dramatic rise from 1.4 percent of traffic to more than 25 percent. 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. Read 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.

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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

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Update: Student editor at The Gramblinite won’t return

CJR | NABJ

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.” Read 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 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.

The Lantern at Ohio State University broke the second story and produced the accompanying video about the secret roommate. 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. Editor-in-chief Ted Noelker said in a phone interview that the move is being made to free up staff to expand digital operations. Read more

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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.

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