Student media sound the alarm

THURSDAY,  AUG. 27, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 10)
Alarm on stack of newspapers
College media outlets are calling out their universities for failing to address the potentially-devastating communal spread of COVID-19 in their college towns.
Why it matters: With local newspapers in decline, campus papers have increasingly become the default for how students and community members get their news.
The big picture: Media reports and viral videos have pinpointed parties and social gatherings as the main culprit of cases across campuses so far, a problem students say universities should have prepared for. Instead, the schools are blaming the students.
(WPSD Paducah, KY)
College campuses across the U-S are forced to make changes just days after starting classes because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
News about infections and students not following guidelines are highlighted by student journalists on campus.

The college campus, University of Tennessee-Martin, is fairly empty because students are doing hybrid learning. Despite this, student journalists are keeping content on the airwaves of the college radio station WUTM-FM.

“We’ve all risen to the occasion,” said Kayla brooks, program director of WUTM. “There was no one here who was like, ‘do I really have to come back to work’, everyone was eager to come back and ready to keep reporting and ready to keep WUTM on air.”

How students are going through this pandemic directly impacts the local community. The student newspaper made a special pandemic paper for campus.

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(KUT Austin NPR)
“Protect Texas Together” is UT Austin’s comprehensive plan to operate safely while the coronavirus pandemic continues. But after seeing other universities open for the fall and then shut down because of coronavirus cases, some students say they don’t feel very protected.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame University and Michigan State University are among the schools that returned to virtual classes after spikes in COVID-19 cases led them to abandon plans for in-person classes. At Texas A&M University, officials are reporting more than 400 coronavirus cases within two weeks of students returning to campus.
On the morning of Friday, Aug. 14, The Daily Tar Heel newsroom got a tip: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was about to announce clusters of positive coronavirus cases in student housing, after only a week of in-person classes. The student-led independent newspaper broke the news before the university sent its campus-wide alert.
Over the weekend, more news of clusters trickled in — this time at a fraternity house and another dorm.
On Sunday, Editor-in-chief Anna Pogarcic says, the opinion editor decided to scrap the planned Monday editorial, and pivot to address the rapidly devolving reopening plan the university had been touting all summer. After a late-night power outage, Monday’s issue barely made it to the printer in time.
Student journalists, like those at The Daily Tar Heel, have been tirelessly reporting on college reopening plans — and their editorials haven’t held back.
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Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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