College journalists struggle to pay staff and stay afloat.
Madison Dudley: For many, working as a collegiate student journalist means going unpaid or underpaid. The work experience is considered payment enough and the experience is often a pre-requisite to landing an internship or full-time job in journalism. But the financial reality for student journalists has changed over the last 20 years, especially in the… Continue reading December 2018: What effect does paying student journalists have on the composition of a newsroom?
ARKANSAS — An Arkansas school district drew national criticism after it apparently broke state law by censoring the paper and halting its publication. The district also announced it would implement prior review. Springdale Public Schools backtracked and allowed online publication of the censored story and editorial, but significant obstacles remain unresolved. The Student Press Law… Continue reading Arkansas high school paper republishes censored story, but prior review and threat to adviser’s job remain
12/10/2018 UPDATE: The President of the University of North Alabama, Kenneth Kitts, called College Media Association's censure an “effort to conflate an academic decision… with an attack on the First Amendment.” Kitts' Dec. 6 statement to the UNA faculty senate said CMA’s censure has given rise to “sensational headlines” about the university and its administration,… Continue reading University of North Alabama President addresses censure over ousted student media adviser
December 3 Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.) Spring 2019 Reporting internship – Interns will report breaking news on complex legal topics with longer-form storytelling on SPLC.org, its social media platforms, and thrice-yearly magazine. Interns will work on multiple stories concurrently. Most will center on the intersection of law, journalism, and education. Interns will help… Continue reading Paid journalism internships in reporting, radio, video and more are open now
NEW YORK — Hundreds of copies of the Maroon-News, the student newspaper at Colgate University — which contained a front page story about the men's swimming and diving team being suspended for hazing — have been stolen. The paper was distributed on the Hamilton campus on Oct. 18, and the next day stacks were missing… Continue reading Hundreds of issues of the Maroon-News stolen, members of swim team found responsible
In the frenzy of news coverage leading up to an election, student journalists have to answer the question; to endorse, or not to endorse? The practice of candidate endorsement for student government, local, state and national offices has been debated in newsrooms in recent years. Some student newsrooms see the issue in black and white:… Continue reading Should student journalists endorse political candidates?
Madison Dudley: The 2018 midterm elections are November 6 and student media organizations across the country are contemplating whether or not to endorse political candidates. Opinions are split. Some publications don’t want to persuade the votes of their audience or be seen as biased because of endorsements. Some argue that the 2016 presidential election showed… Continue reading October 2018: Should student media endorse political candidates?
Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.) Reporting internship – Interns will report on breaking news on complex legal topics with longer-form storytelling on SPLC.org, its social media platforms and thrice-yearly magazine. Interns will work on multiple stories concurrently. Most will center on the intersection of law, journalism and education. Interns will help with researching, writing… Continue reading November is a big month for internship deadlines; apply now!
Political advertisements in student newspapers have become more common over the last decade, as local candidates acknowledge the importance student press play in their communities. Chris Richert is president of the College Media Business and Advertising Managers, Inc. and the general manager for The State Newsat Michigan State University, East Lansing. Richert has seen a… Continue reading Student media guide to publishing political ads