With the fear of school disciplinary action in the back of their minds, anonymous speech can be valuable tool for college students critical of their universities.
College newsrooms, mirroring their professional counterparts, are adopting content sharing agreements at a growing rate. While exchanging articles, columns and photos offers students the opportunity to get their work and bylines in front of a new audience, the ultimate impact of content sharing for student journalism has yet to be seen.
A University of California -- Berkeley graduate journalism student -- who previously served more than half a year in jail for defying a federal subpoena -- faces student conduct disciplinary charges after filming a group of protestors that barricaded themselves in a building on campus.
Missouri Southern StateUniversity's student newspaper is bumping up against a newly enforced mediapolicy that strictly controls access to the public university's administratorsand faculty members.
UWIRE has started the climb back to the top of college content-sharing services. After abruptly disappearing six months ago, the Web site plans to re-launch tomorrow (April 1).“Our main focus to start with is to get back to the core of the business, which is the wire service, to really have the best content available and slowly grow outward from that into other areas,” said Tom Orr, UWIRE supervisor and general manager of Palestra.net, UWIRE’s partner site.UWIRE is an online wire service founded in 1994 that aggregates college newspaper content to share with college and professional news organizations.While the reasons for UWIRE’s departure are kept under wraps, Palestra.net CEO Joe Weasel said on collegemediamatters.com that the hiatus resulted from a "directional change" involving Palestra partner Fox “that happened rather quickly and it happened in such a way that we were left with very few options…”By decreasing the costs to run the business, keeping its 800 members and planning to start new partnerships, Orr said UWIRE is positioning itself to be back in the lead of the college content-sharing market.“We really do regret what happened and how it happened, but ultimately I think it helped us make the changes that we needed to make to be a better company today,” Orr said.To read more about how content-sharing organizations like UWIRE, the College News Network, and the Huffington Post College could affect college journalism, check out the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the SPLC Report magazine.
A student multimedia journalist was releasedfrom jail 20 hours after being arrested while filming a peaceful protest thatturned into a dangerous riot.
Police at CaliforniaState University - Northridge are investigating the theft of more than 2,000copies of the student newspaper from several newsstands across campus.
The University of Mary Washington will releaseaudio files to the school's student newspaper after twice denying openrecords requests for the information.
The student newspaper at a public universityin Virginia is seeking legal representation after open records requests for amock "emergency" phone call made by the university's presidentwere denied.
On Monday, college journalists across thecountry will have a new opportunity for their work to be seen by people outsidetheir typical readership.