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Planted firmly on the edge

June 30, 2013 | By | 11,092 Comments

When you walk onto your typical university campus, there are a few things you’re sure to notice: crusty professors, lackadaisical students, sports paraphernalia and school colours plastered onto walls, and the student paper.

Student newspapers are as ubiquitous to college life as all-nighters and bad karaoke renditions of “Sweet Caroline”. They cover all facets of university life in one publication. Older than campus radio and considerably more permanent and professional than the dozens of blogs that start up and die, student newspapers have been around for a long time, and they’re here to stay.
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Campus media gets social

June 30, 2013 | By | 18,840 Comments

Tweet it, retweet it, like it or favorite it — however you want to spin it, social media is proving to be a game changer in student media.

That’s because student journalists have been using social media for years. Tapping away endlessly on our iPhones and laptops, the process of sharing our thoughts and connecting with followers has become part of our daily lives.
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Crossing from words to other worlds

June 30, 2013 | By | 14,897 Comments

The intersection between video and newspapers is perplexing.

Video journalism or even citizen video journalism isn’t particularly new or surprising; by the time I was growing up in the nineties, video equipment was just getting accessible enough that my local newscast offered rewards for “Newshawks” who sent in tapes of newsworthy happenings. Even though it’s now hard to imagine news outlets that don’t do video, it’s the incorporation of video into newspapers that can provide the hardest questions. Can it be done? Who knows how to do it? How much will it cost? Should we bother?
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