Student journalism

Jack White disses student newspaper over open records request

White. (AP)

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The Oklahoma Daily

Thanks to controversy surrounding a student newspaper’s open records request, the public now knows that Jack White is currently on a “no banana” tour, that he prefers his guacamole “chunky” and that he doesn’t think much of journalism degrees.

Those details were revealed after the University of Oklahoma’s OU Daily got curious about White’s sold-out performance at the university’s McCasland Field House. Staffers wanted to see how much the University was paying White to perform (upwards of $80,000, it turns out), so they filed an open records request for the contract.

The paper received the document and published it on its website. Among the most interesting tidbits:

  • White isn’t into bananas right now: “We don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building.”
  • The band is really specific about their guac demands.
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High school won’t allow student to write about medical marijuana

The Ledger

Lakeland, Fla., high school senior Abbey Laine wanted to write an article about medical marijuana for student magazine the Bagpipe. Her journalism teacher, Janell Marmon, told her she couldn’t do it, Greg Parlier writes in Lakeland newspaper The Ledger.

Frank Webster, who heads the school’s Multimedia Communications Academy, told Parlier Laine’s proposed article “does not fit our audience” and that “We are primarily about marketing and (being) a mouthpiece for Lakeland High and Harrison School of the Arts.” The school’s principal, Arthur Martinez, sided with the teachers, Parlier writes. Read more


NYT print edition will return to Yale’s dining halls

Yale Daily News

Copies of The New York Times are expected back in the dining halls at Yale University after students noticed in January that they were no longer being delivered, the Yale Daily News reported Monday.

Administrators are negotiating with the Times to switch to online subscriptions, but meantime the printed copies will be restored temporarily. The paper had been delivered daily to the dining halls since 2002, the college paper said:

In 2010, the subscription was called into question when a Yale College Council poll found that a majority of students did not read the paper in hard copy on a regular basis. In response to the poll, the YCC proposed reducing the number of copies delivered, restricting delivery to Sundays or providing online subscriptions instead.

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College papers dropping arrestee names from crime blotters

Those arrested on the University of Connecticut campus this academic year may not feel lucky, but actually they are catching a break. Their arrests are being published in the student-run campus daily newspaper as has been typical for decades, but their names are not being made public.

In the fall of 2013, UCONN student editors ended — at least for this academic year — The Daily Campus’ long-standing practice of publishing names in its regular Police Blotter feature.  The change elicited some sharp questions from members of the paper’s board of directors, some head-shaking and exasperation from the journalism faculty and an apparent tweet by a former Daily Campus staffer who labeled the change as “lame.”

Emotional responses and resistance to change notwithstanding, UCONN’s student journalists are far from alone in considering whether to follow past practices when the Internet has bestowed immortality and eased access to all types of information. Read more

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Top student media content that made news, went viral in 2013

Snowballs. Blackface. Sorority segregation. A mistaken sex offender. “Some good advice from a Jewish mother.” Pre-game trash talk. Australian indecency laws. And Meryl Streep.

These are some of the startlingly diverse elements entangled within student media content that made news and went viral in 2013. Read more


University of Alaska professor accuses school newspaper of sexual harassment

Student Press Law Center | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | The Sun Star

Sine Anahita, a professor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, has filed two complaints about student newspaper The Sun Star, Samantha Sunne reports.

Anahita objected to an April Fool’s article that said the university plans “a new building in the shape of a vagina” and to another about hate speech. The university investigated the complaints and found no wrongdoing, but Anahita has appealed. The university’s report “has got enough factual errors and misattributions and faulty process that the chancellor has appointed an external reviewer,” someone who is presumably Anahita told Sam Friedman of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “The investigation was that sloppily done.” The paper didn’t identify the faculty member “because the university’s sexual harassment complaint process is designed to be confidential,” Friedman writes. Read more


Tenth campus newspaper theft of the year reported

Student Press Law Center

For the 10th time this year, a campus newspaper has reported the theft of multiple copies of its editions, the Student Press Law Center reported Thursday.

In the latest case,The Quinnipiac Chronicle of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., had 200 copies of its papers stolen and dumped in trash cans on Wednesday.

Newspaper’s staffers suspect the theft’s related to a story about the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, which is under investigation by the university for reports of inappropriate behavior. Steve McSpiritt, business manager of student media, told the law center:

“There’s no information in there except for what (university spokesman John Morgan) told us,” McSpiritt said. “It was only a few paragraphs, but it was clearly enough to start a backlash.”

The Chronicle’s was the second theft reported this week. Read more

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PoynterVision: Tips for students in tough journalism market

There are more journalism students graduating every year than job openings in reporting. Still, in this tough market, there are a few things you can do to differentiate yourself, according to Allen Klosowski, vice president of mobile and connected devices at video advertising company SpotXchange.”Go out and make that happen,” said Klosowski.

Check out Matt Waite’s advice to help students land jobs in data-driven journalism. Read more

The Daily Bruin's reporting on the struggle of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Malawi to gain health care was supported by the Bridget O'Brien Scholarship Foundation. (

UCLA reporting honors photojournalist’s memory

In their last year of college, a reporter and photographer spent 24 days in Malawi conducting interviews and taking photographs to create an ambitious newspaper report about a sensitive human-rights story. But to pay for the trip, they didn’t have to hit the lottery or save money by sleeping in their cars.

Presented by the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student paper, “In the Shadows” is a story of vulnerability, isolation and prejudice. Homosexuality is illegal and stigmatized in Malawi, so all the people who 2013 UCLA graduates Sonali Kohli interviewed and Blaine Ohigashi photographed had to remain anonymous. The three-chapter story details the challenges Malawi’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community faces in getting health care, including HIV prevention and treatment, and obtaining mental-health and addiction services. Read more


UNC journalism students get libel insurance

The Daily Tar Heel

University of North Carolina journalism students now enjoy some financial protection in the event of libel suits, thanks to a year-long multimedia insurance policy purchased by the school, according to a report in The Daily Tar Heel.

“The insurance covers lawsuits related to libel, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy,” Haley Waxman writes. Read more

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