“Student-Athlete”

THURSDAY,  AUG. 20, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 5)

(Washington Post)
The NCAA uses ‘student-athlete’ as a weapon. Some college journalists just stripped it away.

Last week, the editors of the (University of North Carolina) Tar Heel informed the world they would no longer use the heinous phrase “student-athlete.”
They pointed out that their own school had run a scam for 20 years that allowed athletes (and others) to take “paper classes,” courses that involved almost no work for students but that allowed them to remain eligible as athletes. And they noted — correctly — that the term “student-athletes” has been used for years by college administrators, coaches and (sadly) some in the media as a barrier to the notion that college athletes should be compensated for the work they do — and for the millions of dollars they help generate for their schools.
Soon after, Julie Kliegman, the copy chief at Sports Illustrated, tweeted that, following in the Daily Tar Heel’s footsteps, SI would no longer use the phrase, either.
JOURNALISM EDUCATION NEWS
(The Lead)
Across the country, many schools and conferences decided last week to pull the plug on fall sports (or postpone them to the spring). Especially at larger schools where student life in fall revolves around football, what’s a college sports section to do?
Not every collegiate conference has canceled. As of Wednesday, the SEC, the Big 12, the ACC, the Sun Belt Conference, the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA still plan to play, the Washington Post reports.
But even if your school won’t be playing sports, there are plenty of related stories to cover this fall.
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(Inside Northwestern University)
(Note: The column takes a while to develop.)
The adjustment to college was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I’m pretty sure I cried myself to sleep every night from the day I arrived on campus until Thanksgiving and almost refused to go back after the break.
I longed to find that community again in Evanston, and quite frankly, it was Northwestern athletics that brought it for me.
After Tuesday’s news of a second consecutive season without sports, I’ll have to find a new way to replace the role college football has played in my on-campus experience thus far. I know it won’t be easy, and I’ll remain optimistic for the spring, but I’m not the primary victim here.
TEACHING TIPS
(Student Press Law Center)
It has never been more important for student media to have a strong digital presence. As you cut back on print, investments must be made to ramp up your online presence — on this page you’ll find some ideas for building up your capacity and infrastructure.
STUDENT POSTS (see more here)
High School
(Monte Vista (San Ramon) HS)
COVID-19’s effects on students
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University
Look for more links to student stories at the Online Elsewhere Facebook page. Trying something new with your program? Something interesting happen? Let me know at richcamron@gmail.com (cameron without the “e”). 
 
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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