All things journalism: a weekly rundown

A rundown on journalism this week:

There are constant calls for the importance of college journalism, whether university level journalism is important. Further, news outlets have questioned the relevance of journalism as a major and how a student newspaper works with this notion. Here’s a collection of notable pieces regarding journalism this week:

Fox News Latino reported on how in many communities, school newspapers have become the news outlet. At the University of Arizona, the school paper has now became the main voice in the local area after the fall of the Tuscan Citizen, which had been around since 1870. This is not because student journalism put them out of business, but because they could not keep up with the profit model in current journalism, unfortunately falling to the rise of online media. Luckily, there was someone to step in and fill in the role of news keeper.

Western Illinois University will celebrate their 17th annual Journalism Day. The Western Courier has the details on the event.

We all like a good rivalry. The fierce competition between the American football teams at Michigan and Michigan State University was on display this weekend. Michigan State won the game in a blowout, but the column war between the two school newspaper was probably won by the other side. Check out this great tradition of column writing between the two school’s respective student newspapers. Think what it could be like to have a column war with the University of Sydney’s paper, Honi Soit, over an annual rugby match.

Salon reporter Andrew O’Hehir provides an informative and provocative read on the idea of journalism as a profession. He asks, “Is the primary role of journalism as a social institution to discover the truth as best it can and raise the level of public discourse, or to preserve its own power and prestige and privilege?” He then goes onto discuss the cases of investigative reporters, the outcasted and now past, Garry Web and the highly-debated James Risen. Any discussion of the integrity of journalism is not complete without a thorough look at investigative journalism, perhaps the backbone of the profession.

The SCTimes asks how important is a university degree, particularly in a profession that may not have required a degree in years past – like journalism.

The Red and Black, an independent student newspaper, covers the journalism symposium at the University of Georgia, its 36th annual McGill Lecture. The guest lecturer was Antonio Mora, the host of “Consider This” on Al Jazeera America. He spoke on the importance of broadcast journalism.

A columnist at the heralded student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, advocates for a return to the school’s campus newspaper subscription for the likes of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. She concludes her strong piece: “Newspapers can serve a wide array of functions for different individuals. I don’t know what happened with our subscriptions but I do know now that it was a gift to NU students to have these three newspapers handy. Bring back our newspapers.




How to create good student journalism and include Justin Timberlake

You may be asking yourself how important is it to have a strong student newspaper on campus. Even at universities that have a deep culture of student journalism, the newspaper is not always well-regarded by the student body. But many would argue it is still significant and perhaps even vital for the success and growth of a tight-knit uni community.

It is not easy to be a student-journalist, with conflicts of interest numbering more than number of assessments due in a semester. Students have figured out how to best cope with this for decades, producing stand out journalism and preparing themselves for future jobs in the media world.

College Media Geeks interviewed the editor in chief of The Collegiate Times, of Virginia Tech in the States. Cameron Austin answered a handful of questions, which could help give you a better idea on how a student-run newspaper could operate on campus. Plus, see how Austin embraces the social media world in traditional journalism. Check it out! They even linked to a relative YouTube video, of Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake.

The interview is a part of an ongoing series with the College Media Geeks – a great organization to keep an eye on when thinking about uni journalism. Keep posted to News for UNSW to learn more about the college journalism environment and how to create an A+ one here at uni.