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Certain sources sporting active Twitter feeds are especially valuable to journalism students.

As I mentioned in the first part of this two-part list, some accounts provide resources, advice, and links to help students learn the craft.  Others enable students to keep up with what journalists are debating, enjoying, and attempting to understand on a daily basis.  And still others offer relevant news and blueprints for covering campus life and keeping up with higher education issues.

Building off the accounts featured in part one– such as @NiemanLab and @SPLC– here is an additional set of must-follow Twitter feeds.  They are listed in alphabetical order.

@acpress: Kept by staff at the Associated Collegiate Press, the largest and oldest U.S. student journalism membership organization.  More than 2,000 followers.

@AEJMC: Kept by staff at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, “the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level.”  More than 4,800 followers.

@atompkins: Kept by Al Tompkins, a beloved longtime broadcast journalist and senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.  More than 7,100 followers.

@bloghighed: Kept by staff at BlogHighEd, a blogger network aiming to “aggregate higher ed blogs from many areas: webmasters, marketers, counselors, vendors, consultants, and more.”  More than 4,900 followers.

@bradwolverton: Kept by Brad Wolverton, a senior writer who covers college sports for The Chronicle of Higher Education, including the blog Players.  More than 2,000 followers.

@carr2n: Kept by David Carr, a top media reporter, blogger, and columnist for The New York Times.  More than 389,000 followers.

@CFashionista: Kept by staff at College Fashionista, “a college fashion site for those passionate about [the] latest fashion styles & trends across campuses worldwide.”  More than 10,000 followers.

@charlesapple: Kept by Charles Apple, a longtime journalist and educator who maintains a popular visual journalism blog aligned with the American Copy Editors Society.  More than 3,500 followers.

@chronicle: Kept by staff at The Chronicle of Higher Education, “the leading news source for higher education.”  More than 52,000 followers.

@CJR: Kept by staff at the Columbia Journalism Review, a leading journalism industry magazine which “tracks the ongoing evolution of the media business.”  More than 19,000 followers.

@CollegeFashion: Kept by staff at College Fashion, “the number-one online fashion, style & beauty magazine written by college students, for college students.”  More than 16,000 followers.

@CollegeMag: Kept by staff at College Magazine, “the only uncensored source for everything college.”  More than 4,300 followers.

@collegemedia: Kept by me, a complement to this blog. More than 2,300 followers.

@collegeprobs: Kept by Madeline Huerta, as part of College Problems, a popular blog featuring humorous user-submitted complaints and confessions about college life.  More than 20,000 followers.

@danieldevise: Kept by Washington Post higher education reporter Daniel de Vise, in part a complement to his blog Campus, Inc., which focuses on “campus life from a business perspective.”  More than 2,900 followers.

@DiverseIssues: Kept by staff at the newsmagazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the “premier news source for higher education and diversity issues.”  More than 2,700 followers.

@Deggans: Kept by Eric Deggans, the television and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times who maintains the popular blog The Feed.  More than 6,900 followers.

@ErikWemple: Kept by Erik Wemple, a Washington Post “editor-turned-blogger who’s obsessed with the media issues of the day.”  More than 4,600 followers.

@FakeAPStylebook: A popular stream of comedic and satirical advice for journalists.  More than 299,000 followers.

@hackcollege: Kept by staff at HackCollege, an acclaimed “student-powered lifehacking site” sporting the motto “Work smarter, not harder.”  More than 4,500 followers.

@HerCampus: Kept by staff at Her Campus, “the #1 national online community for college women, covering style, health, love, life, and career, with chapters at 200+ colleges.”  More than 11,000 followers.

@HuffPostCollege: Kept by staff at HuffPost College, the section of the Huffington Post behemoth focused on “breaking news from U.S. colleges and universities . . . campus life, college costs, collegiate sports, and university scandals.”  More than 39,000 followers.

@insidehighered: Kept by staff at Inside Higher Ed, “the online source for news, opinion, and jobs for all of higher education.”  More than 39,000 followers.

@IRE_NICAR: Kept by staff at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., “a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.”  More than 5,000 followers.

@ivygate: Kept by staff at IvyGate, a leading “news, gossip, and commentary blog that covers the Ivy League.”  More than 4,200 followers.

@jackshafer: Kept by Jack Shafer, a highly-respected Reuters columnist who covers politics and the media.  More than 30,000 followers.

@Journojobs: Regular updates on “the latest, highest paying journalism jobs in the U.S.”  More than 3,700 followers.

@JustinPopeAP: Kept by Justin Pope, a national higher education reporter for The Associated Press.  More than 1,600 followers.

@macloo: Kept by Mindy McAdams, an online journalism professor at the University of Florida respected for “[a]lways doing some kind of journalism training (multimedia, social media, online), somewhere in the world.”  More than 6,800 followers.

@mbmarklein: Kept by Mary Beth Marklein, a veteran higher education reporter at USA TODAY who covers “college admissions, college graduation, and pretty much everything in between.”  More than 3,000 followers.

@NanetteAsimov: Kept by Nanette Asimov, a higher education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.  More than 3,000 followers.

@nextgenjournal: Kept by staff at NextGen Journal, the only national news and commentary outlet by students for students, branded as “the platform for our generation.”  More than 2,200 followers.

@nytimescollege: Kept by New York Times senior editor and author Jacques Steinberg, affiliated with his top college admissions and financial aid blog The Choice.  More than 7,500 followers.

@RCFP: Kept by staff at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, “a nonprofit association dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists.”  More than 2,100 followers.

@robcurley: Kept by Rob Curley, a highly-regarded “new media journalist, manager, and strategist” who serves as an editor at The Orange County Register.  More than 1,800 followers.

@SPJGenerationJ: Kept by staff at the Society of Professional Journalists, as part of its initiative Generation J, “the place where future newsroom leaders can collaborate to build newsrooms of the future.”  More than 700 followers.

@TheFIREorg: Kept by staff at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, “the premier organization defending free speech, due process, and academic freedom on college campuses.”  More than 5,500 followers.

@webjournalist: Kept by Robert Hernandez, “one of the few true veterans of web journalism” and an assistant professor within the University of Southern of California’s School of Communication and Journalism.  More than 9,000 followers.

@wiredcampus: Kept by four Chronicle of Higher Education staffers as a complement to the popular blog Wired Campus, which tracks “the latest news on tech and education.”  More than 8,500 followers.

@wpjenna: Kept by Washington Post higher education reporter Jenna Johnson, in part a complement to her Campus Overload blog, which provides “a syllabus for navigating the high-powered campus social scene.”  More than 12,000 followers.


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The Daily Princetonian will no longer publish quotes submitted by email in its news stories, editor-in-chief Henry Rome announced today.  The Princeton University student paper’s decision is the second major policy change involving email and college media already this semester.

The Princetonian shift– “the result of consultations with major national news organizations’ senior editors and reporters” this summer– is apparently a pushback against the “prevalence of email quotes” appearing in articles.  Eds. felt it had become detrimental to the Prince’s journalistic mission.

“Interviews are meant to be genuine, spontaneous conversations that allow a reporter to gain a greater understanding of a source’s perspective,” Rome writes.  “However, the use of the email interview– and its widespread presence in our news articles– has resulted in stories filled with stilted, manicured quotes that often hide any real meaning and make it extremely difficult for reporters to ask follow-up questions or build relationships with sources.”

Rome notes that exceptions to the no-email rule will be made in “extraordinary circumstances,” I imagine when the information is especially valuable or the source is especially far away and phone-less.  Otherwise, according to Rome, sources who only want to talk via email will be cited in stories as “declined to be interviewed.”

The Prince will still be allowing sources to review quotes for factual accuracy prior to publication.  That is the policy The Harvard Crimson at Harvard University recently dropped.  The Crimson is reversing its longstanding quote-approval practice to fight a culture of decreasing candor and availability among Harvard staff sources.

As Crimson president (editor-in-chief) Ben Samuels explains in a memo to staff: “Some of Harvard’s highest officials– including the president of the university, the provost, and the deans of the college and of the faculty of arts and sciences– have agreed to interviews with the Crimson only on the condition that their quotes not be printed without their approval.  As a result, their quotes have become less candid, less telling, and less meaningful to our coverage.  At the same time, sources have more and more frequently agreed to communicate only by email rather than in person or by phone, or have asked that their names not be used along with their comments.”

In a letter to readers, Samuels and managing editor Julie Zauzmer confirm the new Crimson policy restricts “reporters from agreeing to interviews on the condition of quote review without the express prior permission of the president or the managing editor.”

The Crimson decision comes amid a larger debate now brewing about “quotation-approval as a condition of access” to significant or powerful sources.  As iconic New York Times media writer David Carr writes, “Journalism in its purest form is a transaction.  But inch by inch, story by story, deal by deal, we are giving away our right to ask a simple question and expect a simple answer, one that can’t be taken back.  It may seem obvious, but it is still worth stating: The first draft of history should not be rewritten by the people who make it.”

Carr praises the Crimson for trying to fight this “quotation-approval” culture, noting, “Thankfully, some pushback is under way and young journalists are among those doing the pushing.”

Update, 11:30 a.m., message from Princetonian EIC Henry Rome: “I wanted to make a distinction between the policy the Crimson recently did away with– ‘quote approval’– and what we call ‘quote review.’  We are firmly against ‘quote approval’ and do not practice such a policy. When I refer to ‘quote review,’ that is a non-binding courtesy we provide to sources in limited circumstances.  If they provided factual information that they later found to be wrong (eg ‘I said five but I meant six’), that is the only instance in which we would consider replacing a quote.  If there’s a question of whether the quote was transcribed accurately, that would be addressed then as well.  This happens entirely at the discretion of the editors.  To be clear, if a source said it, a source said it.  We don’t do revisionist interviewing.”

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A new editorial in The Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh is calling for the school’s student government to reverse its recent decision to suspend the Collegiate Readership Program on campus.  Through the program, in place on many campuses nationwide, free copies of USA TODAY and The New York Times are regularly available for students.

According to a separate Pitt News report, the reason for the program’s suspension was not its cost ($30,500 a year, taken from the Student Activities Fund) but the “unlimited access” faculty, staff, and Pittsburgh residents had to the papers.  An SGA member: “I think it is worthwhile and definitely something we should continue to have on campus. . . . [But] we don’t want to use the activities fee to fund something that everyone could use.”

One action being considered is the installation of locked dropboxes holding the papers that can only be accessed by students through an ID card swipe.  The problem, according to the Pitt News, is that this plan has no timetable for being carried out.

As a portion of the editorial calling for the program’s renewal states, “In the age of The Huffington Post, Google News and other aggregate sites, readers have more news sources at their disposal than ever before.  But not every media outlet is first-rate, and many students might still prefer reading one or two high-quality newspapers– an opportunity the recently halted Collegiate Readership Program afforded. . . . To read the Times in print is to immerse yourself in a rich, well-designed document; to browse the paper’s website is to sample a dozen or so articles, videos and graphics, none of which command your full attention.”

What do you think?  Is the Collegiate Readership Program a success on your campus?  Do students really, as the Pitt News argues, “still prefer reading one or two high-quality newspapers” each day?

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An erotic essay about a one-night stand recently published in an Orthodox Jewish university’s student newspaper has caused controversy on campus and led two editors to resign.  The fallout was first reported late this week by David Wilensky in New Voices and is currently a story in The New York Times and within other national media.

The piece, published in The YU Beacon at Manhattan’s Yeshiva University, is a chronological account of one female student’s tryst with a male classmate and the shame that accompanies it the next morning.  It is anonymous and appears in a section of the Beacon featuring “literary expression,” meaning it may be semi or fully fictional.

As one portion reads, “My partner in crime improvises with the room key as a bottle opener and we gorge ourselves on Stella Artois and cable television.  In between swigs, I glance over at him; my cheeks are flushed and my head feels lighter with every drop.  Making him think I’m farther gone than I actually am helps me shut off my conscience when I kiss him hard on the mouth.  That little pest of a conscience is screaming again when he starts taking off my dress, so I shut her up with a last gulp of beer.”

Overall, as the Times reports, its explicitness has angered the conservative school’s “religious students who consider premarital sex– not just the act but even talking openly about it– well beyond the acceptable bounds of modesty.”

When the firestorm first sparked, as Wilensky wrote, there was speculation the university would sever its ties to the paper.  Staff have since decided to proactively end the affiliation, losing $500 in related funding.  The news editor and a co-editor-in-chief also quit.

The Beacon‘s remaining EIC Simi Lampert is standing by the essay, reminding YU students, staff, and alums that while the topic might strike some as sacrilegious, sex is a part of some YU students’ lives: “To all those upset by the article, I apologize.  But I do not regret the decision to post it.  This is the reason the Beacon was founded in the first place– to be a platform for every student, not just the majority.”

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Amid the gravity-defying hype centered on all-things-iPad (it really won’t have a USB port??), a more important journalistic drumbeat continues to sound.  As Rupert Murdoch, Steven Brill, and most recently the New York Times have confirmed: Pay walls or metered pricing systems for online news content will soon be coming to a high-profile Web site frequented by you.

As I write in a new piece for MediaShift, the implications for the news industry and Internet as a whole are enormous. For college media specifically, meters and walls could be a veritable game changer, a final helium burst in their rise to professional press-level prominence- provided, of course, they turn them down.

The new “walledoffedness” culture coming to online news media provides student outlets with a unique opportunity to grow their Web readership.  My argument is that to attain this growth a few time-tested news-editorial approaches may need to be reconfigured and a commitment to a free, easily accessible Web site should be confirmed.  To read the full piece, click here.

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Pop quiz: What do John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Lady Bird Johnson, Hugh Hefner, Nike founder Phil Knight, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, and Barack Obama have in common?

Answer: All once freelanced or worked full-time for a college media outlet. See, it pays to be part of the student press!

Like the legends named above, and many past and present professional journos, broadcasting titan Walter Cronkite also began his journalistic sojourn while in school, specifically as a reporter for The Daily Texan.

As the New York Times reports, in March 1935, an 18-year-old Cronkite interviewed Gertrude Stein for a profile published in advance of her arrival on campus for an event. According to the Times:

After recording her attire (‘a mannish blouse, a tweed skirt, a peculiar but attractive vest affair, and comfortable looking shoes’), Mr. Cronkite talked with her about the proper role of the writer and the impact of the Great Depression, then in its sixth year. Discussing her craft, Stein told Mr. Cronkite, ‘A writer isn’t anything but contemporary. The trouble is that the people are living Twentieth Century and thinking Nineteenth Century.’

The Daily Texan has posted the full piece online.

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Somewhere, Tim Tebow is shaking his fists with rage.  In a case of either sheer unethical boldness or unbelievable ignorance, a University of Florida journalism student has sullied the UF championship facade- plagiarizing parts of articles she wrote as an intern for a Colorado newspaper from none other than the New York freakin’ Times.  (As a friend just mentioned to me: “FYI, you are not even allowed to take the word ‘the’ from the New York– Messiah of National Newspapers- Times.”)

According to a Gawker report (sent my way by a distressed UF lover), Hailey Mac Arthur stole scraps from four NYT stories covering everything from sheep shearing to homelessness and spun them as her own for publication in The Colorado Springs Gazette.  In an editor’s note, Mac Arthur’s overseer at the Gazette labeled the shoddy journalism a true “breach of trust.”  Here’s an example he gave of her stolen work:

Mac Arthur story in Gazette, July 2, “Bicycle safety a hit-or-miss proposition in Springs”

From the vantage point of a bicycle, the city presents itself as a panorama passing by at a speed somewhere between the blur outside a car window and the plodding pace of walking.

Random New York Times story, Oct. 3, 2004, “Spin city

From the vantage point of a bike, the city presents itself as a savorable panorama passing by at a speed somewhere between the blur outside a car window and the plodding pace of walking.

Spot the similarities?  Gawker is the first and certainly won’t be the last to make the Mac Arthur-Maureen Dowd comparison.  (For those stuck on no-journalism-allowed-island recently, Dowd faced scrutiny in May for penning a column that contained an eerily similar passage to a piece posted on a popular blog.)

Here’s Gawker‘s take: “Perhaps the ultimate irony in all of this is that young Hailey Mac Arthur’s writing seems to have some Maureen Dowd-ish qualities to it, no? Too bad Mac Arthur couldn’t get away with concocting some sort of ridiculous ‘my friend told it all to me over the phone’ excuse like Dowd so famously did back in May when she plagiarized TPM’s Josh Marshall. If there’s any justice in the world maybe the Times will give Hailey Mac Arthur her second chance. After all, everyone does deserve one.”

According to the bio on Mac Arthur’s blog, (a cached version, since, as Gawker confirmed, she’s privatized the blog and erased her profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn) she’s preparing for a trip to Brazil in the fall as part of a UF advanced journalism practicum.  Interesting side question: Should a student’s j-misdeeds as an intern (while representing the university) impact her class standing or enrollment in any way???

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