Adviser’s Corner


Links Gathered by Student Media Adviser Tom Martin


Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground

The newsroom of The Washington Post. Recent scoops about the administration have further enhanced what the news organization says is a highly successful strategy for impactful, profitable journalism in a digital age. Credit Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

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“Won’t work for exposure”: The financial nitty-gritty of commercial non-profit news partnerships

“Some nonprofits do good journalism but don’t solve a problem faced by commercial news outlets.”

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Higher Education And The Free Speech Debate

Students walk past Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The campus is bracing for a showdown next week, when the conservative provocateur Ann Coulter has vowed to speak in defiance of the university’s wishes. Officials, police and the campus Republicans who invited Coulter, say there are valid concerns for violence in what is being called an ongoing “Battle of Berkeley.” (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

It’s been a hot season around free speech and resistance on American college campuses. One by one, controversial conservative speakers have shown up, been scheduled, and been chased off or shouted down or resisted. College protestors say they’re defending campuses and society against dark, dangerous messages. Critics call them snowflakes afraid of free speech. In this segment of NPR’s On Point: Free speech, resistance, and the American college campus.

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Kernel editor Marjorie Kirk

Glamour has released its list for the magazine’s 60th anniversary “College Women of the Year” honorees. 2017’s winners include the founder of the only national organization led by trans youth, a two-time NCAA Division I Championship-winning basketball player, and the Kentucky Kernel’s very own editor-in-chief Marjorie Kirk. 

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 Journalism students prepare for an evolving industry

“It used to be in journalism that students would go and write for the newspaper, and that was it. You would go to the City Council, write the story, file it and go home. Now, a student who is working for a news organization or writing for their own blog, not only are they writing a story for deadline, they are going to be live tweeting, taking photos, sending video and audio.” – Kate Nash Cunningham, a distinguished print journalist and University of New Mexico professor.

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 Departing Observer editor: Journalism’s power is being the voice for the voiceless

On my final day as editor of the Charlotte Observer, it’s worth noting what sold me on a career in journalism. It started with a single phone call I answered nearly 40 years ago.

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How Silicon Valley Reengineered Journalism

Emily Bell is one of the smartest commentators on the ongoing disruption of the news industry through platforms, digitization and automation. The essay “Post-Industrial Journalism“, which she co-authored in 2012, already is a modern classic and anticipated in detail the depressing situation most publishers find themselves in today.

Her latest essay describes in detail how the publishers ended up in the headlock of companies, often founded not even ten years ago, and how this is not only radically transforming journalism but also our public sphere, politics and society.

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Can Dutch import De Correspondent conquer the U.S.?

It’s built a membership-driven model that produces trust, connection, and good journalism. But can it extend that approach to the hurly-burly of the American media market?

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What a news organization built on reader trust looks like

NYU professor Jay Rosen explains why he’s working with De Correspondent on its U.S. launch — and why figuring out a trusted membership model is key to journalism’s future.

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AP style change: Singular “they” is acceptable ‘in limited cases’

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Watch a newspaper going to press

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Covering pols who lie, and why facts don’t always change minds

The Nieman Lab’s Laura Hazard Owen looks into how journalists should cover powerful people who lie.

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(From Wired article on innovation at the NYTimes) The Pew Research Center recently asked Americans whether they prefer to watch, read, or listen to the news. Here’s what they said.


Viewpoint: Student newspapers are struggling with their First Amendment rights

Resistance to divisive policy initiatives launched during the opening days of President Trump’s administration has tested the limits of how much speech the law will protect and public opinion will abide. Nowhere is the tension greater than on the campuses of public colleges and universities, where policymakers are being called on to balance the rights of speakers against the demands of offended listeners – with the added complication of social-media platforms over which campuses may lack jurisdiction.

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10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

Here are some new organizations, as well as a few established ones, that are working to uncover the truth.

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How libraries can lead the way on media literacy

“Nothing less than our capacity for online civic reasoning is at risk.” – Sam Wineburg, professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education.

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Connecting Transy with community and world 

world-1264062_1280Rambler editors and writers are looking for local, state, national and international news stories with potential connections to the campus community. See a current event that might be better understood with historical perspective? Or maybe you’ve heard about legislation passed in Frankfort or Washington and wonder about its implications. Whatever the topic, please feel welcome to send your idea for consideration to Student Media Adviser Tom Martin: tmartin@transy.edu. If available, please include a link to the original article.