The Internet Can’t Kill College Journalism

THIS. God. What’s it going to take for everybody wittering on about Apple to pay some goddamn attention?

“My experience is that if something is free and it’s convenient to get
and whatever is in it is relevant to them, they have no qualms about
printed versus non-printed,” said Kevin Schwartz, general manager ofThe Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A college newspaper, if it’s done right, is all of those things.”

Every single college paper in this country should be OVERRUN with academics studying its relevance and function. Yet we continue to let morons wank about nothing at conferences, which is why I stopped going to them, and reading stories about them, because my blood pressure’s high enough as it is.

Via Romenesko.

A.

6 thoughts on “The Internet Can’t Kill College Journalism

  1. Dan says:

    More:

    The Daily Tar Heel, for example, publishes 18,000 copies, five days a week. They are distributed free at 205 locations around the campus. And the staff works hard to catch the attention of incoming freshmen and others new to the campus, mailing an edition of the newspaper to about 9,000 newcomers over the summer. The paper also prints a guide for new students and an edition welcoming students back to school.

    It’s almost like not catering to advertisers, or who you think is your readership, or who you think is the right kind of people doesn’t evenenter the picture. Making an effort to reach people where they live, and reflecting their real lives, and aiming for actual relevance to them (as opposed to “news you can use” pabulum) is providing an incentive to make a habit of reading. Fascinating. I’d love for some anthropologists make a foray to those wilds for a closer study.

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  2. racymind says:

    The Daily Texan never had a low battery and I could throw it away after I got hot sauce on it.
    So, let me get this straight. College students and others on campus like to read what journalists write?
    Radical.

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  3. MapleStreet says:

    IF I want opinions, I’ll ask myself what I think.
    When I get a paper, I want something where the author has investigated the facts.
    But that takes work to do.

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  4. Brenda Helverson says:

    Campus radio stations stopped being good places to start in radio when radio jobs ceased to exist. Now they are extracurricular activities or are sold off to make the University some cash.
    I wonder if college journalism is headed the same direction.

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  5. chicago dyke says:

    A, the morons wank on about nothing because they know they are the last of their kind, and they’re desperate to deny that and all that goes with it. so many of them can barely use a word processor, let alone understand and properly theorize Teh Internets. this is as true in my old field as it seems to be in yours, and yes, it’s why i also stopped conferencing. such activities seem more and more like Village games to me with each passing day.

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  6. Maguire says:

    Journalism in general is going through a major turning point, where now, more than ever before, it has the opportunity to be taken back by freethinkers who are interested in “real” news, not just banter.
    I think the internet has made it more difficult for traditional press, but not impossible, as there is a significant number of people who are just as concerned about the future of journalism in this ever changing climate.
    There is a resource currently out there attempting to aid journalism students called OurBlook, working as an online forum for students and professionals alike.
    http://www.ourblook.com/Blook-Features/University-Partnership-Program.html

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