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What will come of Facebook’s potential new partnership with news organizations?

Facebook may be forming a new type of partnership with news organizations soon. While nothing is official yet, many people are concerned about the effect that this partnership could have on news content.

This partnership would allow news organizations to post their stories directly onto Facebook, differing from the current system that forces readers to follow a link to access news content.

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This new partnership could bring in a great deal of revenue for news organizations.

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What does the future hold for college journalism programs?

Posted by Stephanie Gaub

The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus.  SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.

According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.

Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.

With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?

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Journalism Solutions: A New Reporting Style

Photo courtesy of Sabestien Wiertz

Photo courtesy of Flickr Sabestien Wiertz

My media law professor asked students in the class if we thought journalism was ethical. Approximately 60 students were in the lecture hall. Five people raised their hand, and I wasn’t one of them. I wrestled with this for a while after the class. Although I don’t think journalism is completely unethical, I agreed with many students that said journalism focuses too much on sensationalism, ratings, and negative problems.

I started perusing the Twitter chat, #muckedup, and discovered a discussion on Solutions Journalism, a style of reporting that explores social issues and explains credible responses to them. Continue reading

Jeanne Moos and Cultural Insensitivity

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Posted by Brian Taylor Carlson

Jeanne Moos – a national news correspondent for CNN, famous for her unique feature stories and quirky opinion pieces – has been in the spotlight over a piece she did recently.

And not in a good way.

On April 9, Moos showcased a story about a visit by Prince William and his family to New Zealand. They were greeted by the Maori people in an elaborate welcome ceremony.

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All Publicity is Good Publicity

Photo Credit: Bill Ruhsam, licensed under creative commons

Photo Credit: Bill Ruhsam, licensed under creative commons

Posted by: Spencer Vasey

About a week ago, I read an article on the Huffington Post about a cancer survivor named Monika Allen that was furious at Self magazine for mocking her and a friend in their April issue. In a section titled “BS Meter,” there was a picture of the two women alongside a caption ridiculing them for running a marathon in tutus.

Since the story first broke a week ago, there have been articles on every major news website. Bloggers and social media users have picked up the story and ran with it, increasing publicity tenfold. Self’s Facebook page is full of nasty comments and promises of cancelled subscriptions. Self is in the midst of a major PR crisis.

Now don’t get me wrong, I feel horrible for Monika Allen and the fact that Self publicly shamed her for such a noble cause. It’s even worse that they didn’t tell her what their intentions were when they asked permission to use her picture.

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Too much media emphasis on gay athletes?

Posted By: Spencer Vasey

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have undoubtedly heard the buzz surrounding Michael Sam and this year’s NFL scouting combine. Just two weeks before the start of the combine, Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, announced in an interview with ESPN that he is gay. This marks the first time that an openly gay man has entered the combine, and if drafted, Sam will be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

In the two weeks since Sam’s announcement, there has been an inordinate amount of media attention paid to Sam. It is nearly impossible to find an article about the combine that doesn’t mention Sam and his sexuality.
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Digital editions of student publications

Posted by Monica Worsley

Last Friday morning, high school students and their parents converged on Drake University for an admitted students day.

As I walked past a classroom full of attentive visitors, Professor David Wright praised the school’s student publications.

His accolades made me think.

2010 Think magazine- Drake SJMC

Until this year, visitors could take print copies of the majority of Drake sponsored, student created magazines, to read at their leisure.

But the recent decision of the spring senior capstone to make Think magazine a digital edition means both capstone courses have diverged from the traditional ink and paper publication.

As a result, potential additions to the Drake SJMC will have one less magazine to take and page through on the car ride home.

Overall it could mean fewer readers of the 2013 edition of Think magazine.

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