Posts Tagged ‘Daily Illini’

As the world hovers on the precipice of full-blown Olympics madnesseven Mitt Romney is confident the London festivities will be a rousing success– college media summer staffers are set to provide continued coverage from the student perspective.

Already, in the run-up to the Games, many outlets have profiled their own school’s student, staff, and alumni Olympians.  They have also produced more interesting and offbeat news, feature, and commentary pieces touching on everything from Olympics fashion and the treatment of transgender Olympians to sports that deserve an Olympics slot (including Quidditch and yoga) and a fascinating 10-part feature in The Daily Illini on the Olympic dreams of a world-class gymnast that ultimately came up short.

Below is a screenshot sampling of these blog posts and stories.  If you have a related feature of your own, please email me!

The State News, Michigan State University

The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley


NextGen Journal

The Lantern, Ohio State University

Her Campus


The Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University

The Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech

The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University

The Columbia Spectator, Columbia University

The Daily Kansan, University of Kansas

The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University

The Daily Collegian, Penn State University

The Daily Bruin, UCLA

The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University

The Michigan Daily, Michigan University

The Stanford Daily, Stanford University

The Daily Illini, UIUC

PBS MediaShift

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The Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is apparently facing a “cash crunch” so serious it may threaten its very survival.

As Crain’s Chicago Business reports, “The newspaper’s nonprofit umbrella organization, Illini Media Co., is delinquent on its mortgage payments and owes $250,000 in back payments to its printer. . . . Like other newspapers, the Daily Illini largely has been dependent on advertising for revenue, but now it’s turning to fundraising and alternative sources.”

The fundraising efforts have included an appeal from longtime film critic and former Daily Illini EIC Roger Ebert.  In a letter circulated last month to other UIUC alumni on Facebook, Ebert wrote, “It is possible the Daily Illini could cease publication. . . . Many, including myself, would say that they owe their careers at least in part to their experience at Illini Media.  It’s now time to give back.”

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