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How student reporters ended discrimination among University of Alabama sororities

In the weeks before school started, it was widely known on campus at the University of Alabama that a well-qualified black woman was pledging the white sororities. Her high-school resume was stellar, her family were alums and her grandfather was … Read more

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Boston University independent student paper apologizes after making light of rape

xoJane | The Daily Free Press | Boston Magazine
An anonymous Boston University student has written an xoJane piece accusing the university's independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, of joking about rape.

The student says the Daily Free Press' crime log regularly makes light of sexual harassment, rape and assault "by prefacing the paragraph-long descriptions of the incidents with jokey, pun-ridden titles." She writes that she was sexually assaulted at Boston University her sophomore year and soon after "came across the horrifying, humiliating" way the paper depicted the incident in its crime log.

She provided some other examples, with commentary:

  • A man tried to break into a female BU student’s on-campus dorm via her balcony. The classy title of this traumatizing incident that could have ended in theft/rape/kidnapping/murder? “Where for art thou, creepy dude?”
  • A man was beaten to the ground and had his head stomped on until he was unconscious and bleeding. "Stomp the yard." I am sure the victim and his family are touched by this sweet, concerned commentary on his life-threatening injuries in the form of a Ne-Yo movie.
  • A female BU student was pushed over on the street and held down to have her genitals photographed by a stranger. “Trashford." You know, a fun, in-joke pun, because it happened on Ashford Street which is inhabited by many BU students and therefore said to be fratty/trashy?! So funny! Like, seriously, give this writer a promotion! The victim will totally forget her trauma and feelings of dehumanization to congratulate you on your funny thing!
  • A female BU student’s door to her dorm room was vandalized with racial slurs. “Haters gonna hate." Yes, I do hate you, you ignorant, thoughtless person whom I refuse to call a “writer.”
  • A female BU student was domestically abused and choked by her boyfriend. “Choked up." (more...)
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Alabama student journalist quoted ‘nearly 30′ fabricated sources

The Crimson White | Al.com
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...)
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8 ways a landmark Supreme Court ruling has changed student journalism

Devastation.

According to Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte, the impact of the Hazelwood ruling on student journalism in this country has been nothing short of sheer devastation. In a recent column, University of Wisconsin-Madison student journalist Pam … Read more

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University sanctions journalism student for ‘disruptive’ interview request

Alex Myers, an undergraduate journalism student at the State University of New York at Oswego, isn’t so sure he wants to be a reporter when he graduates.

The Australian exchange student experienced the potential chilling effect of a university … Read more

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‘Men of Journalism’ calendar a bold fundraising venture

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Students of the SPJ chapter at Arizona State University's Cronkite School are raising money via a bold, perhaps somewhat optimistic project: a "Men of Journalism" calendar.

"Most of the Cronkite School and the Downtown campus are female, so we wanted to capitalize on that market and create a calendar of men that hopefully the ladies of the Downtown campus will buy,” SPJ chapter president Anne Stegen told Alexis Macklin.

"I found out I was one of two freshman in the calendar, so that made me feel awesome,” Nick Wicksman told Macklin. He's one of two calendar models whose identities SPJ has confirmed so far, and he's the fellow featured in this video: (more...)
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Penn State student journalist suspended for fabrication, plagiarism

The Daily Collegian
Penn State's student newspaper has suspended a writer who fabricated and plagiarized quotes by Sue Paterno in a story about the opening of a center on campus named for her. Paterno is the widow of former coach Joe Paterno, who died just months after being fired from the university for his role in Jerry Sandusky’s ongoing sexual abuse of young men.

Daily Collegian editor-in-chief Casey McDermott did not name the student in her note today, but the story she cites carries the byline of Nick Vassilakos. Poynter chose to include his name here to make it easier for others to review his work and to avoid implicating other Daily Collegian writers.

McDermott said that this was not the student’s first offense: (more...)
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College adviser wins job back, but there’s no newspaper to advise

First Amendment Center | Student Press Law Center
Gerian Steven Moore has won his job back at Chicago State University after a judge ruled that he had been fired because Tempo, the student newspaper that he advised, had published stories critical of the university. Trouble is, Tempo stopped publishing in April 2009, and the judge decided not to force the school to reinstate it. The judge ruled that student interest in the paper probably waned after it ceased publication and  editor George Providence II left the school, following multiple clashes with the administration over press freedom. "A win for the university’s students ... would include a free and independent campus newspaper," writes the First Amendment Center's Douglas E. Lee. The school has to bring Moore back as executive director for communications or offer him a similar job, according to the Student Press Law Center. || Related: Student adviser fired from ECU appeals termination on First Amendment grounds (Poynter)
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SPLC says Missourian’s noncompete policy violates First Amendment

J-School Buzz | Student Press Law Center
J-School Buzz, an independent blog covering the Missouri School of Journalism, has found an ally in its complaints about the Columbia Missourian's policy forbidding its student reporters to work for other media. Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center believes the Missourian's policy violates the First Amendment, in part because the Missourian isn't a typical student-run newspaper. It's overseen by faculty members, who are state employees. He says the Missourian's conflict of interest policy boils down to this: "a public university imposing limitations on free speech." And he finds the policy ironic considering the more obvious conflicts present at Missourian:
It’s hard to see how an organization edited by people who are full-time paid agents of the entity it most frequently covers, who also happens to be the biggest employer in town, could ever have a conflicts policy that isn’t a joke. (more...)
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Student editor responds to outrage over tattoo story

The Spectrum
Editor in Chief Matthew Parrino eloquently describes what happened after an assistant news editor for The Spectrum, the student newspaper at SUNY's University at Buffalo, expressed her opinions on tattoos:
Beware of what you write. It can destroy you. Readers' comments have nearly destroyed her and it's awful. She's my staff member and I can't do much to help her. She's kind and hard-working and always willing to attack a story or take on a tough assignment. She wrote the tattoo piece as a counterpoint to another staff writer's piece on why she gets tattoos. In her zeal to win the argument, perhaps she got carried away. ... What has baffled me more than anything is how much people care about this issue. Last month, we reported that this university gave money illegally to (then) County Executive Chris Collins' political campaign and that UB President Satish K. Tripathi broke SUNY regulations. We got almost no response. I respect people's attachment to their tattoos and the personal and emotional value they hold for many. But as a student hoping to make my career as a journalist, I would also like to believe that the public cares about issues that extend beyond themselves.
Related: How to respond when the Internet calls you names (Poynter)
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