Monday, October 01, 2007

Looking for story ideas? NY Times Mag

If you haven't already seen it, be sure to pick up -- or read online -- this week's New York Times Magazine.

The theme is "The College Issue" and it's full of great ideas student newspapers can localize to their own campus communities -- college admissions, Teach for America, affirmative action, and new experiments in education like re-engineering engineering and efforts to bring No Child Left Behind to the university level.

There's also a moving video about suicide on campus.

Be sure to check out the essays from the College Essay Contest. The 600 essays from around the country are responses to "What's the Matter With College," an essay by the historian Rick Perlstein, published in July. They are searchable by school and state. If you find one you like from your college or university, contact the writer and see what else they have to say. Maybe you'll find your next columnist.

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