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Weekly Links: New(s) Media Experiments, Journalism’s Future, Obama, and MTV

September 25, 2009

SPOT ON PARTNERSHIPFamed crowdfunding site Spot.Us is teaming up with USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism on a unique student journalism development deal As Harvard Shorenstein Fellow Bill Mitchell writes on Poynter, “With many journalism programs thriving despite journalism’s hazy economic future, experiments like this and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University will be critical.”

HOW TO KEEP THE FREEPA top 10 list of ideas aimed at keeping Boston University’s The Daily Free Press, one of the country’s best student newspapers, “alive and well.”  As BU College of Communication Dean Thomas Fiedler says, “There’s a key question that needs to be asked over and over, and this is it: what’s of real, ongoing interest to the readers?”

PEER REVIEW: University of Illinois journalism students ask their peers: “What is the future of journalism?” Some answers are expected, others are a bit frightening.  Case in point: “I don’t know how you can make a newspaper more appealing. The only reason I knew about Obama was because it was on MTV.”

YOUNG JOURNOS RISING24-year-old reporter purchases Web version of recently-defunct Kansas City Kansan, begins new(s) media adventure of a lifetime.  In his words, “I’m not being paid by anybody to do this. I have to earn my entire way and for now I’ll have to be reporting and selling. It’s going to be fun, but we’ll see what happens.”

PERSONAL BECOMES FINANCIAL?Faculty adviser alleges dramatic campus newspaper budget cuts due to college president’s anger at student staffers.  Reflecting on the budget slash-and-burn, the adviser noted, “It would be the same as cutting chemicals from the chemistry budget. The paper provides a window into the college, not just for the 30 students who help produce it but for all the students and the community.”  *** “They Said It!” Nominee***

A STICKY TRUSTEES SITUATIONStudent newspaper fights school administrative policy that requires college trustees to decline comment when contacted by the campus press. In an editorial, the paper lays out the classic conflict of interest between school and student paper: “At every college, the administration attempts to control what information is shared with students, parents, faculty and trustees, and at every college, student journalists seek both the most accurate version of the truth and frank opinions from those in the know, including administrators, professors, students and trustees.”

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