Monday, May 26, 2008

Survival blog takes summer break

The Student Newspaper Survival Blog is on summer break. We will post here occasionally throughout the summer but we won't be writing as regularly. Look for more complete coverage beginning again in September.

You can continue to send news, examples of noteworthy student work and other tidbits of interest to student journalists to collegenewspaper[at]

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

UWire names 100 top student journalists

UWIRE, a wire service and career networking site for college journalists, has announced the UWIRE 100, a list of the top 100 student journalists in the country.

The students were selected from 500 nominations submitted by editors, professors, advisers and colleagues from 132 schools.

"We created the UWIRE 100 because we knew we would never be able to just name, say, the top 20, or crown a single student 'the journalist of the year," Ben French, UWIRE general manager, said in a statement. "Each of these candidates boasts an honor-worthy resume and portfolio, as well as the esteem of colleagues and advisers."

For each student you can view a profile page that includes a photo, quotes from recommendation letters and samples of their work. Here are some examples:

The UWIRE 100 students come from 66 different schools, ranging from small liberal arts colleges such as Cabrini, Loras and Hamilton to large state universities, according to a FAQ page about the process.

Among the schools represented by multiple students are the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (five), Penn State University (four), the University of Iowa (four), the University of Florida (three), Syracuse University (three), Indiana University (three) and the University of Texas-Austin (three). Fifty-nine of the students were graduating seniors and three were freshmen.

SPJ announces student awards

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the national winners of the 2007 Mark of Excellence Awards. This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,400 entries in 39 categories.

“I encourage media executives who are looking for the next wave of high-quality journalists to pay attention to the winners of SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards,” Neil Ralston, SPJ’s vice president for campus chapter affairs, said in a news release. “These young men and women represent some of the best that journalism programs have to offer, and we’re proud to be able to honor them at the national level.”

National winners were previously recognized by receiving first place in one of the Society’s 12 regional competitions. A complete list of winners and finalists can be found here.

National winners and finalists will be recognized Friday Sept. 5 at the Mark of Excellence Luncheon, during the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ONA seeks student journalists -- apply now!

The Online News Association is looking for students to staff the newsroom for its annual conference.

The conference is scheduled for Sept. 11-13, 2008 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

The ONA conference offers students working in the newsroom hands-on training, mentoring and deadline multimedia experience. In addition, student newsroom participants are given free registration to the conference and opportunities to network with conference participants.

Applications are available here and are due May 16.

For more details, click here.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Summer training opportunities for student journalists

Long time no post. Work and family responsibilities have drawn me away from the blogger's chair, but I'm back with some news.

Summer is a great time for student journalists to take a break from the publishing grind and learn new skills. Several organizations sponsor training opportunities for student journalists. Among them:

National Youth Journalism Conference
July 9, 2008
Washington D.C.
Campus Progress, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing progressive leaders, and The Nation magazine are co-sponsoring a National Youth Journalism Conference.

The daylong conference will offer workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities for young journalists. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Eugene Robinson, columnist and associate editor, The Washington Post
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation
  • Asra Nomani, former reporter, The Wall Street Journal; author, "Standing Alone in Mecca"
  • Chris Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation
  • Mathew Yglesias, associate editor, The Atlantic Monthly

The conference is free, including breakfast and lunch, but attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs. A limited number of travel stipends are available to attendees planning to attend the Campus Progress National Conference on July 8. The application procedure for a travel grant is part of the application for the National Conference.

Applications for the journalism conference will be accepted until June 30 or whenever spaces fill up. Applications for the journalism conference will be accepted until June 30, 2008, or until spaces fill up.

People who have already applied for the Campus Progress National Conference can apply for the journalism conference by filling out the short application here. Those who just want to apply for the journalism conference can apply here.

Management Seminar for College Newspaper Editors
July 20-26, 2008
The University of Georgia, Athens
Each summer, more than 50 top college editors from the United States and Canada sharpen their leadership and management skills at the Management Seminar for College Newspaper Editors, sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The cost for the seminar is $300, which includes six nights lodging for student editors in Athens and Atlanta, most meals, and five full days of intense training at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Applications are available here.

Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers Summer Journalism Workshops
July 31-Aug. 3, 2008
Washington, D.C.
Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers will offer a series of workshops this summer for advisers, editors and other students working in college media. Among them:
  • Advising Today's College Media (July 31-Aug. 1)
  • Student Newspaper Workshop (Aug. 1-3)
  • Student Magazine Workshop (Aug. 1-3)
  • Short Courses in Newsroom Management for Newspaper Editors, Newspaper Ad Sales and Marketing, Print Newspaper Design, Advanced Reporting and Magazine Essentials. (Aug. 1)
You can download a brochure, which includes the registration form, here.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop
June 22-27, 2008
Columbia University, New York City
This annual workshop for high school students and advisers offers sequences in writing, editing, management or advanced design for either newspapers or yearbooks.

Registration for this five-day intensive program is limited to 325 participants, with a waiting list to be maintained once the limit has been reached.

If you know of other summer training opportunities that still have slots available, post a comment here or email collegenewspaper at