Editorial: You need us, student media’s vital role in the life of a university

“Don’t get in the professionals’ way.”

That was a statement said to Cory Hancock, then-photo editor for The Sentinel, by a press manager for the Trump-Pence campaign in September 2016 right before a press conference with Newt Gingrich.

Hancock and then-staff-writer Madeline McGee did not get in the professionals’ way, and, in fact, took the feature photo for the story and participated in questioning the former speaker of the house just as everyone else did.

Read the rest of The Sentinel’s editorial here 

Editorial: Help us roar. How you can #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Imagine, just for a moment, what life would be like if The Tiger no longer existed. Who would you turn to for information when a CATbus catches fire? Who would call out CUSG when it does something shady? What would you use for last minute wrapping paper when there are no newspapers to be found?

Unfortunately, that future isn’t far off.

The Tiger, like many student-run newsrooms across the country, is struggling financially. And no one’s been talking about it — until now.

Read the rest of The Tiger’s editorial here

Editorial: Recent changes at The Collegian serve as proof we care about our future

You may remember our previous pieces, in which we laid everything out on our financial situation and where we asked students to take ownership of their newspaper. As we inch closer to the end of the spring semester, the staff has taken steps to alter our product delivery to prove that we care about our future.

As the financial future of this publication is discussed by experts in the media, communications and journalism department, we hope the changes we’ve begun to implement produce results that will help The Collegian thrive if they are continued beyond the spring semester. We have reported previously that within a few months, we are set to enter a financial red zone.

Read the rest of The Collegian’s editorial here

Editorial: The Western Herald joins the call to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Student newsrooms across the country are organizing a day of action in support of the efforts by student journalists, and The Western Herald is joining the call.

#SaveStudentNewsrooms is a campaign started by student journalists at the University of Florida’s Independent Florida Alligator, who were called to action after seeing another Florida student newsroom become a part of their school of journalism.

Read the rest of The Western Herald’s editorial here

Editorial: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Imagine a United States that is completely controlled by a higher entity — that does not give the average citizen with something to say a space to say it. A United States that regulates thoughts, differing perspectives and information.

This nation is one without journalism and the media.

Journalism is essential to upholding the values of democracy and helping to keep the powerful in check.

Read the rest of The Brown an White’s editorial here

Editorial: BI joins student newspapers across country in #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Freedom of speech on college campuses is a long-lived debate that university newspapers are up against and #SaveStudentNewsrooms draws attention to the problems that students are facing across the nation.

A summary of the BI press release is as follows:

On April 25, student newsrooms across the nation are participating in a Day of Action to #SaveStudentNewsrooms, in which they will share editorials highlighting the importance of editorial control and discuss issues that student newsrooms face on a daily basis through Facebook, Twitter and savestudentnewsrooms.com.

Read the rest of the Branding Iron’s editorial here

Editorial: Save student newsrooms: The fight for editorial independence

The Issue: The Daily Campus, the student-run newspaper which covers Southern Methodist University, recently announced it had to re-affiliate with its university due to lack of funding. The closing of Student Media Company Inc., the independent company which will soon cease to publish SMU’s student newspaper, is leading to concerns from student publications at universities across the nation that declining advertising revenue will lead to university censorship of student free speech.

Our Stance: The College Heights Herald, which made the switch from publishing twice a week to once a week this past semester mostly due to the university taking over half of its reserve budget to cover its own deficit, is already experiencing university censorship in the form of a lawsuit, all while remaining independent from WKU. We need to support student media now more than ever as a growing number of student publications are fighting to maintain financial and editorial independence from their respective universities.

Read the rest of the College Heights Herald’s editorial here

Observer Editorial: Support student journalism

On April 4, 2018, the Editorial Board of Southern Methodist University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, wrote an opinion piece titled “The kids aren’t all right: Who really killed the student free press of SMU.”

“It’s not often that a newspaper has the self-indulgency to be able to write about itself, but this anomaly isn’t one to celebrate,” the piece said.

Due to financial and leadership problems, The Daily Campus’ Editorial Board announced that the independent student media company of SMU will officially dissolve in May, forcing its student newspaper under the control of the school’s journalism department.

Read the rest of The Observer’s editorial here

Editorial: Joining the call to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Across the country, newsrooms of all shapes and sizes are struggling to survive. The rise of digital media, and its financial model, or lack thereof, combined with an unprecedented assault on the industry from numerous forces, have left journalism in a precarious position.

And it’s not only professional outlets that are feeling the pinch. At universities and community colleges from Florida to California, student journalists and their advisers are finding their publications under threat.

In response, The Independent Florida Alligator began the #SaveStudentNewsrooms movement to highlight the critical need for media outlets at all levels to not only remain operational, but to do so without sacrificing editorial integrity.

Read the rest of The Daily Wildcat’s editorial here. 

From Cory McCoy: My student investigation into handling of sexual assault reports brought change

Name: Cory McCoy

College Newspaper: Tyler Junior College Drumbeat

Where I Am Now: Tyler Morning Telegraph/Tylerpaper.com Multimedia Journalist

While at my student newspaper I began an investigation into the way the campus reported sexual assaults. I continued covering the mishandling of crimes and miscategorization of crimes on the annual Clery Crime and Safety Report.

Over five years, the investigation resulted in corrections to two years of Clery reports with a third likely to come this year (according to the DoE’s Clery officer’s review of a case). The campus also restructured how it handles its police department and brought in a former FBI field supervisor to oversee its campus safety.

I also just took home the Texas APME First place in Freedom of Information reporting at the 2018 banquet.

This investigation began at my student newspaper and over five years has had marked change on campus.