Across the country, student journalists are criticized simply for doing their job

The short Labor Day weekend got the better of me, so here’s a double – yet still abbreviated – Alma Matters for your week!

You’ve probably noticed an increase in stories about coerced high school and college journalism: the suspension of a California high school counselor, a nosy politician in Missouri, and a sad shutdown in Nebraska. CJR had a thoughtful morning newsletter summarizing the issues, but a few highlights:

Must read! “We need to teach student journalists about workplace harassment” (Poynter)

I love Caitlin Dickerson’s journalism. This piece landed like a bomb. Here’s a Q&A with her via The Objective, in which she talks a bit about how she got started – but it’s all interesting.

It looks like Oberlin’s long fight is coming to an end, with a result that neither college nor First Amendment advocates will be happy about.

Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon has a First Amendment/academic freedom situation on its hands.

Fuck yeah! “Federal Judge Overturns Arizona Ban on Filming Police Within 8 Feet”

For your students who know they want a career in social media but also love serious journalism: “Planet Money’s Jack Corbett Explains His TikTok Strategy.”

One-of-a-kind news program out of Berkeley: “State funding Berkeley Journalism $25 million to bolster local news coverage in California.”

As a Joshua Johnson fan, I love this from NBCU Academy: “Starting Your Podcast”

This is encouraging for those of us who would like to see more transparency around university foundations: “The judge sides with the newspaper in the KSU Foundation’s open case appeal.”

Here’s a great resource for your classroom on teaching when and where you can film the police from our friends at First Amendment Watch at NYU: “Teachers’ and Citizens’ Guides: Video and Audio Recording of Police Officers.” (This resource requires you to fill out a brief registration, but it’s worth the extra few seconds.)

Wow. “How Murdered Journalist Jeff German’s Colleagues Tracked Down His Suspected Killer.” If you’re interested in this story, CJR has a ton of background and background from their daily newsletter and this article. Here is the cover of the German newspaper.

Something like this happening where you are? “A university asked for faculty and staff volunteers in the dining halls. The union said no.

Good move for Boston University: ‘Brian McGrory steps down as Globe editor’ (Boston Globe)

Two Poynter opportunities for interested teachers:

  • If you or your students live near Tampa Bay, Poynter hosts Associated Press editor Julie Pace on Tuesday, October 11 for a behind-the-scenes chat. Get tickets here — maybe your department would pay for this event?
  • Who likes free stuff? (Who doesn’t?!) We’ve got 100 free passes through YouTube for teachers and students to attend the second annual Poynter and PolitiFact United Facts of America virtually, September 27-29. These three fact-filled days will bring insightful discussions with some of our country’s top experts in media, politics, technology and counterintelligence. Get context and clarity on America’s most pressing issues leading up to the midterm elections like inflation, privacy, climate change, misinformation and more. Click here to collect your ticket – use code FREEUFA100 at checkout. And if those are gone, you can still get 50% off with code EDUCATION. Tickets are normally $50, so it’s a bargain. (And again, could your department pay for this?)

I’m adding case studies as fast as they enter my newsfeed in this new and improved layout. The latest: Getting emotional while covering the news isn’t a new phenomenon, but two recent examples give us an opportunity to talk about what journalists can do when emotions overwhelm them at work.

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As someone who has made a career out of advising younger generations, I’m a bit obsessed with this song.

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