Adviser’s Corner

Links Gathered by Student Media Adviser Tom Martin

Student Journalists Land Scoop With Defense Secretary Mattis

Teddy Fischer and Jane Gormley, student journalists from Mercer Island High School near Seattle, wrote stories based on an exclusive interview with Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Courtesy of Charlie Fischer

Teddy Fischer’s first big scoop as a journalist started out as lark.

Fischer learned of a May Washington Post story that had accidentally published with a photo showing Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s bodyguard, holding a stack of papers. On one page was a yellow sticky note with the words “Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis” scribbled on it, followed by a phone number.

James Mattis is the retired four-star general who is now Trump’s defense secretary.

Fischer flipped the image and zoomed in on the phone number so he could read it.

And that’s when his journalistic instinct kicked in.


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


“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.”


 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.


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.


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.

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: If available, please include a link to the original article.