Student Newspapers in Dire Financial Trouble

I see it everywhere I teach around the country/world. Student newspapers are in big financial trouble and increasingly are moving to online.

USA Today notes:

Among the student newspapers facing hard times:

•The University of Connecticut’s 116-year-old student newspaper, The Daily Campus, reports it could face insolvency by 2014, largely due to big losses in advertising revenue.

•Film critic Roger Ebert, a former editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois’ The Daily Illini, appealed to his readers in February for contributions to save the 140-year-old student newspaper, which he said faces delinquent mortgage payments and $250,000 in back payments for printing.

•The University of California-Berkeley’s 141-year-old student newspaper, The Daily Californian, faces a budget deficit of $200,000 and an uncertain future after a vote this month to add a $2-per-semester surcharge to students for the paper was challenged and put on hold.

•The Red and Black, the University of Georgia’s independent student newspaper created in 1893, this year joined many other student newspapers nationwide in scaling back its days of publication, moving from five days a week to weekly and going to “a digital-first mentality,” editorial adviser Ed Morales says.


Students Build Massive Interactive Project

Transmedia Indiana is an immersive learning project at Ball State University, in which 30 students worked for one year creating an interactive book – similar to The Da Vinci Code – using Indiana’s history as the backdrop. The project was done in partnership with the Indiana State Museum and the historic town of New Harmony, each of which provided historically accurate information, artifacts, and experiences that were central to the project.
When the project is completed in May, the students will have published a 45,000-word interactive eBook, which will lead readers to websites, videos, podcasts, and other clues that exist beyond the reach of the reading screen.
The special, three-day exhibit, “Are You Ready for the Truth? A Transmedia Indiana Experience at the Indiana State Museum” will feature:
· An inside look at the fiction story · Actual artifacts from Indiana’s history · Student-created fictional and nonfictional websites · A game using the SCVNGR app, in which visitors will be
given various challenges to accomplish throughout the Transmedia Indiana exhibit and the museum

For more information, contact:
Project Supervisor: Brad King Phone: 510-393-5651 Email:
Project Supervisor: Jennifer George-Palilonis Phone: 765-285-8216 Email:
Twitter @Transindy

Some of the 2012 SPJ National Award Winning Stories


Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
State Fair Tragedy – by 24-Hour News 8 Staff, WISH-TV

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Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
Giddings Homicide Investigation – by Michelle Quesada and Tyler Southard, WGXA NewsCentral FOX24/ABC16

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Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
World News with Diane Sawyer: Disaster in the Pacific – by Diane Sawyer and the staff of World News, ABC NEWS

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Documentaries (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
Desert Underwater – by Staff, KLAS-TV

Documentaries (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
32 Minutes in May – by Michelle Bogowith, Jim Riek, KOMU-TV 8
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Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror in the Dust – by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Roni Selig,Timothy Langmaid and Stephanie Smith, CNN
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Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
When Cultures Clash – by Tara Rosenblum, Jack Kearney, Gina Curran & Eric Leeds, News 12 Westchester

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Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
15 Days: A Soldier’s Journey Home – by Mark Geary, Erik Arendt and Liz Martin, KCRG-TV9

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Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation (I) – by Scott Pelley, Robert G. Anderson, Daniel Ruetenik and Nicole Young, CBS News 60 Minutes
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Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
Toxic Secrets – by Tammy Leitner and David L. Paredes, KPHO – CBS 5 News

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Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
Hiding Behind the Badge – by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer – News Director, WVUE-TV

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Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Brian Ross Investigates ‘Peace Corps: A trust Betrayed’ – by Brian Ross Anna Schecter Rhonda Schwartz Angela Hill, ABC NEWS

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