Update (Nov. 18, 2009 at 2 p.m.): I’ve added Connect2Mason, another site we’ve previously covered, to the list of examples and included a link to a podcast with their founder.
From linking out and social media to video and liveblogging, student journalists often hear advice about steps their individual news organizations should take to succeed today. But we often neglect to take a step back and consider different models from which college media can draw inspiration.
So, we’d like to examine those with some depth in a new series, offering a different twist on the usual coverage. Specifically, focusing on news sites that began online. There’s a ton of great work being done online by print publications across the country, which we often cover, and this series is intended to help everyone.
Why this approach? Because good things can come when your news organization thinks like a startup. Also, these sites are unencumbered by legacy costs or structures related to a long-standing print publication.
We already know of a few good examples within college media:
- NYU Local — an independent site at New York University
- Amherst Wire — a magazine-style site at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Connect2Mason — a convergence site that partners with existing college media on campus
- The Bwog — a blog run by the undergraduate magazine staff at Columbia University
- Onward State — a blog covering the Penn State community
- Daily Colonial — online daily news site for George Washington University and the surrounding areas