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Thursday, March 3, 2005

A bunch of media-savvy smart folks meeting at Harvard are talking about journalism again... Dave Weinberger is blogging the conversation rather nicely, including "Will the traditions of journalism survive?" and this list headed "What should stay or change?"

4:49:59 PM    

An investigative journalism student's project on athletes' grades and special programs has whipped up a controversy at a state university. Inside Higher Ed, a new online mag, reports on the case at New Jersey's Rutgers University.

The higher ed site has a bloglike comment feature, where a discussion is already underway. (The site could use a few bloglike links, especially to the Daily Targum, which is mentioned in the article -- although it decided not to publish the controversial article, for reasons discussed in the Inside Higher Ed story.)

The issues -- student newspaper and journalism school decision-making, fairness in reporting, and the role of a reporter's opinions on her topic -- should interest bloggers as well as journalism students and faculty. Thanks to colleague Dorothy Bowles for pointing out the story.

Coincidentally, when her note arrived I had just tracked down another "student athletes' grades" story to use in a class discussion -- a St. Paul Pioneer Press series that created a furor a few years ago. While not an on-campus publication, the newspaper drew enough team-spirited flack to be cited for "determined reporting, despite negative reader reaction" -- when it won a Pulitzer Prize.
12:32:32 PM    

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