Paid cuddling and other examples of interesting and innovative college media

Screen-Shot-2015-05-01-at-3.26.41-PMOn occasion, we veer into stories about entrepreneurial journalism and innovation just because both can be closely associated with crowdfunding journalism. This is one of those occasions.

Earlier this week I interviewed Dan Reimold.

His blog College Media Matters follows stories and trends from America’s student-led publications. I was interviewing him for a story about crowdfunding’s impact on college newspapers but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ask him about some of the best work he’s seen in the past year.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Through the Cracks: I saw your five standout stories for excellent reporting, the paid cuddling and whatnot?

Reimold: Haha yeah that was a good one.

Through the Cracks: Haha yeah it was pretty good. What are some of the most interesting or innovative things you’ve seen come out of college press in the last year? Like what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Reimold: Well when I think leader in innovation I definitely think of Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon. On an organizational level they are an example of what can be done when the right adults, faculty and staff advisors mesh with the student staff and really decide where they’re going to shake things up and do things different. They’ve just kind of upended everything from their production schedule to the types of stories they publish to the way that they go about doing their reporting and the platforms they use. There have been some smaller examples as well, but I think they’ve been a definite leader on the national level.

Through the Cracks: But in terms of online journalism or multimedia reporting does anything jump out at you?

Reimold: Yeah, there’s some excellent online-only outlets that are doing their thing and I think some of the grad programs and actually journalism schools themselves are having students team up on some pretty interesting projects and that’s been kind of cool. One that comes to mind is Neon Tommy at USC. I forget exactly how or whether it’s aligned officially with the journalism school, but that’s just an example of a student-initiated site that kind of brings a little bit of swagger and new media sensibility to the student journalism game.

To read more from my talk with Reimold, see Why on Earth do college newspapers exist? and How does a college grad fund their news startup?

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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