CMR Volume 49, Number 2 (Winter 2012)

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Volume 49, Number 2

MEMOIR: “I wanted to ask a question about a story I’m reporting on.”
One new adviser navigates his uncharted territory into media advising at a private school. What do you get when you combine a stolen ipod, a jesuit college, two basketball players, a reluctant victim and a typically opaque campus police department? A lesson on the murky confluence of private universities and open records — and a first-year media adviser with a throbbing headache.

By Robert L. Kaiser

RESEARCH: Student media advisers give high marks for priorities, performance of publication boards
Often, the existence of a college media advisory board raises the question of how much oversight such a board has over editorial decisions. This study delves into the placement of and roles that campus media advisory boards serve with student media across the country.

By James Simon & Lei Xie

In with the old in the new year
Recent events have college advisers and student journalists in the spotlight. This CMR issue sets the stage for protecting yourself – and your publication – from unanticipated reaction to content decisions.
By Robert Bohler, editor|

CREDITS: Top image courtesy of Image NS Newsflash; main image courtesy of Creative Commons (bsabarnowl)

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Dependence on student fees for media operating budget creates instant conflict of interest

Some universities have found ways around the annual routine of ‘begging for money,’ but strong, consistent content is the best motivation for administrators and student groups to provide dollars for students working on deadlines.
By Debra Landis

Controversial coverage sometimes lands on advisers

Embattled advisers should look to alumni networks, training and legislation to protect their jobs . The pen is mightier than the sword, but the administrative axe frequently falls squarely on advisers when viewpoints differ on student-selected content. Advisers can protect themselves, experts say. Here’s how.
By Debra Landis

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