CMR Volume 50, Number 2 (Winter 2012)

Flagship Journal of College Media Association
Volume 50, Number 2
Winter 2012

RESEARCH: Black and White and Still Read All Over
An Examination of the State of College Newspapers in a Turbulent Time.
By Lisa Lyon Payne

Journalism Majors Not Available
It’s not uncommon for liberal arts institutions that do offer journalism majors to either require or strongly encourage students to double major.
By Lisa Lyon Payne

Transition Into Academic Environs
From professional reporter and editors to professional adviser: Veteran advisers share their stories.
By Alex Capeloto

Never in My Wildest Dreams by Belva Davis

Never in My Wildest Dreams by Belva Davis

REVIEW: Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism Book is both moving memoir and fascinating journey into U.S. history.
By Carolyn Schurr Levin



First payback for the editor… now it’s time for feedback. CMR woud like yours.
By Robert Bergland

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Coping with disaster... Long Island University and Mercer County Community College. Background photo Brian Birke, Creative Commons.

Coping with disaster… Long Island University and Mercer County Community College. Background photo Brian Birke, Creative Commons.

FEATURES When Disaster Strikes A College Community

By Carolyn Schurr Levin

What happens when a crisis hits, as it did when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, only to be followed the following week by a nor’easter?

TRENDS Blogs as Varies as the Bloggers Themselves.

By Pat Winters Lauro

“She posted a picture to Pinterest and it just exploded.”

MILEPOSTS First Amendment Fundamentals for 2012.

By Frank LoMonte

Four noteworthy First Amendment cases for college media in 2012.

POLITICS 2012 Crafting Election Coverage on Campus

By Dan Malon & Sarah Maben

Covering elections provide reader service and a practical way to enhance journalism instruction.

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Tres años y conteno: The evolution of a bilingual student newspaper on a rural campus

Campus journalism that serves a bilingual audience heads into third year

By Marcy Burstiner

When I came up with the idea for El Leñador, a Spanish-English student newspaper, at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, I hadn’t spoken Spanish since high school.


Bilingual press serves students at Humboldt State

Moreover, I taught on a campus with one of the least diverse student populations in the California State University System, and my idea came at a time when The Lumberjack, the student-run weekly newspaper I advised, was struggling for advertising revenue. And, the university was looking for programs to eliminate to make up for state budget cuts.

But there were reasons to proceed with this new publication. Among them: The university had been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a designation that would make it eligible for new funds, and the Latino student population had doubled as a percentage of the overall student population between 2009 and 2013. At 28 percent, it was now about three times the percentage found in the rest of the county. Humboldt State’s enrollment is about 8,485.

I hoped that for a newspaper for and about the Latino student population, the administration would help me find the money I needed. I teamed up with Dr. Rosamel Benavides-Garb, the chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department, who taught Spanish. We tapped into a fund our dean had for faculty-student research projects and secured small stipends for six students from our two majors to research models for bilingual newspapers.

El Lenador, a monthly that averages six pages, is in its third year. Student Juan Carlos Salazar, a member of the initial research team who directed translation for the first two years, said the mission was daunting at first. Continue reading

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