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Student newspapers are learning grounds for budding journalists - but the work they do competes for space in the wider media world.
This reality of campus journalism sets up some interesting challenges - and contradictions. Should students be free to report the news as they see fit - with their classmates as the main audience? Or should the school exert some control over the editorial process - especially since nearly all news, student or otherwise, is available around the world on the web?
Student newspapers at Connecticut colleges have made headlines in recent years - over controversies about content and free speech. The student paper at Central Connecticut State University was widely criticized for a column, and later a cartoon that many found offensive. At Quinnipiac University - student journalists complained about being muzzled by university officials, their editorial content stifled.
But, as we'll discuss today - the story of campus journalism isn't just about first amendment rights - it's also about the craft of journalism. Here's a story: During a recent, tightly contested congressional race - a WNPR reporter spoke to a classroom of students at a local university. A student reporter, embedded in the class, didn't identify himself...but later wrote a damaging (and factually incorrect) story based on the reporters comments - that was picked up worldwide by internet RSS feeds.
Our guests today are Frank Harris III, Chairperson of Department of Journalism at Southern CT State University and Advisor to Southern News, Rachele Kanigel, assistant professor of journalism at San Fransico State University, Dan Drew, a former editor for UConn's Daily Campus, and now a Grant Writer for Waterbury Hospitaland Mellissa Moller
a junior and journalism major at Quinnipiac University.
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