Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Student newspapers cover SoCal wildfires

I'm always curious how student newspapers handle big stories so I thought I'd take a look at how some Southern California student newspapers are covering the fires there.

Here are some links to the newspapers' coverage:

  • The Graphic at Pepperdine University, where classes were cancelled Monday and Tuesday as a result of the fires, is running a slide show of fire photos on its home page. The weekly newspaper has several breaking news stories on its Web site about the firefighting efforts, the evacuation of students from the campus and the cancellation of classes.

  • The Daily Bruin at UCLA is also covering the Malibu fire. Today's story includes a statistics box on the fire, a map of the fire zone that shows its proximity to the university and an infographic detailing which schools and streets are closed.

  • The Daily Aztec at San Diego State University has packaged its fire stories together on a special Web page. The newspaper has reports on evacuation of local residents and the cancellation of classes.

  • The Guardian at UC San Diego is keeping readers up to date with a blog. The newspaper also has an animated map showing the spread of the fire.

Is your student newspaper covering the Southern California fires? Do you have suggestions for what other newspapers can be doing with their Web sites? Post a comment here.

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