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The son of Indiana University President Michael McRobbie was arrested over the weekend for allegedly smoking up– marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges are pending.


The Indiana Daily Student rightfully ran a short piece yesterday on the arrest and the incidents leading to it.  The article is brief and well-written, noting the connection to the IU prez, explaining the normal procedures and possible punishments, and including a response from an IU spokesman on behalf of the prez.  It’s an ethical judgment call certainly, considering its involvement with the school leader and a young guy who obviously only slightly screwed up, but the story (and related follow-ups) must be run.


Reasons for running the story:


  • McRobbie’s son is a freshman student at IU and was caught with marijuana in an IU dorm, making the story newsworthy in its own right regardless of the last name and DNA he shares with his father.  Of course, in general, this type of incident would  normally be explained in a brief or police log posting, but the son had to know what he was getting himself into.  By deciding to enroll at IU, he and hi family must accept that his connection to his father will be fodder for news pieces (and the reason for the piece to be news at all).


  • He is 18 years old.  He’s a legal adult.  He screwed up.


  • Related stories were picked up and run in other media, making a blackout within IDS unreasonable.


  • The college press plays a watchdog role.  It will be interesting to see IDS’s follow-up reporting on what university disciplinary action and legal punishment the son receives, in part to ensure family connections don’t lead to favoritism.


  • The story’s newsworthiness extends beyond the arrest.  For example, has the IU prez ever made strong statements or implemented notable anti-drug policies on campus?


What do you think?

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This video explains much more comprehensively than I ever could the many, many, many, many reasons the NCAA rule severely limiting live blogging of college sports is crudely written, overreaching, and just plain dumb.


NCAA Blogging Limitation————-

As Just Journalism reported, a Wake Forest official warned Indiana Daily Student staffers live-blogging an IU-Wake Forest basketball game last week that they were not to go over the NCAA’s allowance of four blog updates per half. What irks me most about this Draconian measure is that the IDS gang was not even trying to provide real-time game-tracker type coverage.  They were simply chatting with fans and offering “occasional score updates.”


NCAA New Year’s Resolutions: 1) Amend this ludicrous rule.  2) Add a college football playoff to the BCS.


Watch the video and tell me what you think.

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As I wrote in early October, “The story of the student press so far this semester: The existence of the first sustained crack in college print papers’ seeming invincibility to the online takeover and economic downturn.”


Since then, the economy has continued to collapse faster than Amy Winehouse’s career, prompting an unprecedented ad-revenue slowdown and a cost-cutting mentality at some student papers nationwide, according to a new Daily Princetonian report.


With the “bottom dropping out of the economy,” as the business manager of The Daily Pennsylvanian put it, the biggest disappearance from the ad blitz of times past’ has been financial and consulting companies, who typically place advertisements in papers prior to appearing on campus to recruit students.  Stanford Daily business manager and COO: “There’s a huge gap between last fall and this fall.  Last fall we had all these recruiters for advertising.”

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Examples of cutbacks that papers have instituted or are considering due to the ad gaps: The Daily Northwestern is publishing “smaller papers with fewer pages because we don’t have advertising revenue to support our editorial news hole”; and The Indiana Daily Student is “looking at ways to economize in every area,” including staff pay rates and the paper’s travel budget.


Interestingly, The Daily Tar Heel continues to be a voice of optimism.  The DTH general manager notes that increased political advertising from the recent campaign season and current reader interest in men’s basketball puts the paper in “a unique position here to do better than some of our buddies.”  This echoes earlier statements about the paper’s financial robustness.


Aside from the DTH, is college papers’ current pessimism a sign that the end is growing ever-nearer for their print news products?  As I’ve stated before, I don’t think so.  This latest report and the in-the-red reality it presents for some papers is simply proof that college newspapers are not immune from the economic doom and gloom.  When an Obama-fied economy (hopefully) bounces back, the financial companies’ recruiting efforts and related ads will return, something The New York Times notes this morning is in the recruiters’ best interests.  And in turn, hopefully student papers’ ad-revenue stream will return to the black.

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Emily Veach is roughly a half-day ahead of you.  She recently arrived in Hong Kong, part of the larger “Wall Street Journal Copy Desk Diaspora” (an actual Facebook group).  She works nights.  She travels to Tapei on weekends and recently kayaked in the waters off Cheung Chau Island.  She enjoys playing “Rock Band.”  And she’s a twentysomething journalist worth knowing.


Emily Veach, Assistant News Editor at Wall Street Journal Asia, got her start at The Indiana Daily Student.

Emily Veach, assistant news editor at Wall Street Journal Asia, got her start at The Indiana Daily Student.


Who is she and how did she get to HK?  In a recent blog post, she explained:


Here’s me: A 26-year-old assistant news editor at The Wall Street Journal Asia who once walked the streets of West Lafayette [Indiana] with her best friend Annemarie dreaming of our future together as marine biologists . . . How did I morph from that daydreaming 9-year-old to the person I am today?


In part, Veach’s metamorphosis into WSJA editor extraordinaire began similarly to many professional journos at work worldwide today: Her stint as a college journalist.  Below is a brief Q&A exploring her student press experience and the role it has played in her professional journalistic journey:


1) What is your current position and general responsibilities?


I am assistant news editor at The Wall Street Journal Asia. I am responsible for the Economy & Politics pages of the paper. On any given night, I have between two and seven pages under my purview. I edit stories and art; write headlines; coordinate coverage with bureaus in Asia, Europe and the U.S.; and ensure my partner in crime is adequately fed.  We both work better that way.


2) Quick-hit summary of your college journalism experience.


Indiana Daily Student (Indiana University): copy editor, reporter, arts editor, paginator.


3) Write a six-word memoir of your time as a student journalist.


Turns out, writing sets me free.


4) How did the experience help you or shape your current work in the professional j-world?


My time at the IDS was a beginning for me, in terms of getting to know myself. For as much as we laughed at ourselves and lounged on comfortable couches, I learned a whole lot about professionalism and responsibility. Newspapers aren’t one-man shows, nor are they assembly lines. They need stars and they need good leaders. I saw my peers at the IDS scoring cool stories and organizing coverage of issues that mattered to us and to the thousands of people reading it every day. It made me want to be better every day.



5) What’s an example of a story on which you were especially proud to have reported or edited?


The IDS sent me along with another reporter, Elise LeBlanc, and a photographer, Nick Kapke, to New York City during the summer of 2002 to do research for the paper’s “Sept. 11, One Year Later” special section. We came back with some great stories. We fed off each other and are grateful still for the generosity of the people we met there. In particular, the staff from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, who shared so much and have so much to be proud of.


6) To all the j-student haters out there, why does college journalism matter?


It’s true: You learn more in the field than in the classroom.


7) What is one question we should all be asking much more often about the current state or future of journalism?


Are we having fun?


Read the full Q&A here

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