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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. (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. (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: (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 … 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.”

Red & Black’s publisher resigns

Harry Montevideo, publisher of the University of Georgia independent student newspaper The Red & Black, has resigned, Flagpole reports.

The decision was a mutual one between Montevideo and the nonprofit's board of directors that stemmed from financial struggles in the online world, said board member and spokesman Chuck Reese.
Montevideo was at the paper for 30 years, including last year, when students walked out and started a competing publication.

Several bizarre events followed those actions, including Montevideo reportedly scuffling with a reporter from the university's Grady NewSource who attempted to film a meeting. Montevideo later apologized.

Most of the students returned to the paper, and two board members resigned. The paper's board named eight new members earlier this year.

Louisiana State University’s student newspaper honored, defeated

College Media Matters | The Daily Reveille | Student Press Law Center
The Society of Professional Journalists named Louisiana State University's student newspaper The Daily Reveille "Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper" Wednesday. But in what Daniel Reimold calls a "good news/bad news" situation, the paper lost its lawsuit against the university Tuesday.

The paper had requested records about the university's search for a new president; District Judge Timothy Kelley said the search committee only had to turn over "résumés and related materials from the 10 candidates who submitted their names voluntarily for consideration" for the job.

The (Baton Rouge) Advocate and also petitioned for those records in a separate action. The judge in that case, Janice Clark, ruled in the news organizations' favor, setting up a rather confused situation. (more...)

Law school dean apologizes for sending article to Supreme Court for approval

The Washington Post | The Oregonian | The Pioneer Log Before he allowed Lewis & Clark Law School's newspaper to publish an article about Chief Justice John Roberts' visit to the school, Dean Robert Klonoff submitted it to the Supreme Court with "a note that said 'Please let me know if it meets with your approval,'" Robert Barnes reports. The request -- unnecessary, Barnes writes -- caused The Pioneer Log to go to press without the story. Klonoff apologized, telling Oregonian reporter Scott Learn he thought a court request to approve other materials relating to the visit applied to the newspaper as well. "A justice’s visit is especially prestigious for a law school," Barnes writes, "and deference is often extended even when not sought." "I understand the desire of the law school to appease the chief justice because it's a big feather in their cap," Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center told Learn. "But the law does not recognize a metaphysical state of, 'it (the press) is usually free, most of the time.'" (more...)

Alabama student journalist quoted ‘nearly 30′ fabricated sources

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Journalism freshman Madison Roberts "fabricated sources in several news stories dating back to Jan. 10 of this year" in University of Alabama student paper The Crimson White, the paper says. The reporter "quoted nearly 30 students, none of whom could be found in the UA student directory or on social media," the paper's report said.

“I was overwhelmed and succumbed to a lot of pressure I’d been under,” Roberts told the paper in an email. The paper's copy editors discovered her fabrications while fact-checking names earlier this month; a subsequent review of Roberts' work turned up more bogus sources. Roberts "has been removed from the paper’s staff," the paper says. (more...)

Indiana student paper: ‘journalism isn’t dead’

Indiana Daily Student | Indiana Public Media
"It’s rare that a newspaper is justified in printing a 120-point, bold headline," Indiana Daily Student Editor-in-Chief Michael Auslen writes. "Today is one of those days." (more...)