Friday, August 31, 2007

Seeking Story of the Month submissions

Did your paper do something over the summer or for the start of the school year that you’re particularly proud of? Do you have a recent story (text, slideshow, photo, video, multimedia, whatever) that’s innovative, in-depth, investigative or in some other way inspiring?

Send it to us!

The Student Newspaper Survival Blog is seeking submissions for its Story of the Month feature. This is not a “best of” contest. It’s a way to spotlight work being done by student newspapers that other student journalists can learn from. In addition to showing the piece, we’ll run a How I Got That Story column from the creator(s). Stories needn't be text -- they can be photo stories, video stories, etc.

The first Story of the Month was Stu Woo’s profile for the Brown Daily Herald of Reade Seligmann, one of the Duke lacrosse players who was acquitted of sexually assaulting a stripper invited to a team party. Woo showed great enterprise in tracking down Seligmann, who was planning to transfer to Brown in the fall, and landing an interview. Woo got off work early at his internship with the Providence Journal to drive down to New York City and interview Seligmann. He wrote an in-depth, compelling narrative. Woo shared how he got the story with Student Newspaper Survival Blog readers, providing inspiration for other student journalists.

To submit a Story of the Month candidate, send an e-mail to with a link, PDF, JPG, GIF or TIFF file. Please include a 200- to 500-word statement explaining how the story came together. Deadline for this month is September 4, 2007 for work published in August.

In addition to the Story of the Month, the Student Newspaper Survival Blog aims to highlight innovative features, ethical challenges, special projects, experiments in journalism, legal issues, etc., related to college journalism. Help us keep up on the latest by e-mailing with your tips.

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