Every week, Syracuse University professor Aileen Gallagher helps Longreads highlight the best of college journalism. Here’s this week’s pick:

Student publications have always served as simulators for journalists in training. Your college paper is where you learn to write, to edit, and to challenge authority. You fall in love there, both with journalism and at least one of your co-workers. It’s a safe space to experiment and a gentle place to screw up. But more than ever before, today’s student newspapers face the same challenges as their professional counterparts. In his thorough story for Flagpole magazine, David Schick, a student at the University of Georgia, examines the troubled Red & Black student newspaper a year after the staff walked out after management oversight demanded more “good” news. One overthrow later, today’s staff struggles with the same mundane business issues that affect all newspapers: a rough transition to a digital-first publication schedule and reduced ad revenue for the online product. It’s too bad there’s so much verisimilitude.

The Red & Black Comes Back to Life

David Schick | Flagpole Magazine | 8 minutes (2,010 words)


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