Advanced reporting and news design students working at the Columbia Missourian are required to purchase an online membership to the Missourian as part of the curriculum, according to a tipster who asked to remain anonymous.
On top of paying tuition (and journalism course fees) and giving the Missourian free labor, these journalism students also have to pay for access to the stories they slave over. Does anyone else feel like they are being nickel and dimed here? Oh, and let’s not forget that lovely MacBook “requirement.” The list goes on and on of expensive things you “need” for the J-School.
The Columbia Missourian just announced that starting Monday, it will charge for online access. But not for all of its content! No, the Missourian will only charge for news content that has had a chance to ripen on the website for a full day.
The first 24 hours after a piece of content is published (you know, the time frame in which people are actually discussing and sharing that content), it will be free for anyone to see, but after the 24-hour mark, it’s for members only. What?!
We already told you about how JSB’s last editor-in-chief had to resign her position at J-School Buzz thanks to the Columbia Missourian‘s antiquated conflict of interest policy. Then the Student Press Law Center looked into the matter and found that the Missourian‘s conflicts of interest policy violates the First Amendment.
But the story did not end there! After the SPLC encountered a very hostile reaction to its first post on the issue, the SPLC’s Adam Goldstein did more research into the Columbia Missourian‘s legal argument for the policy. He now says the Missourian‘s arguments are bunk and its conflicts policy is “unconstitutional.”
The Missouri School of Journalism’s news outlets are usually fighting for more free speech, not less.
But the Student Press Law Center is now accusing the Columbia Missourian of inhibiting students’ free speech and violating the First Amendment.
Wait… come again? Let’s Tarantino this sucker and take you to the beginning.
Alicia Stice and several of her Columbia Missourian colleagues are on a roll with very relatable “first world problem” memes. With their latest meme, they are shining light on particular events that reporters feel obligated to complain about in a humorous, yet charming way.
Not only are they very endearing, but rumor has it that J-Schooler’s are very intrigued and even addicted to these amusing little memes.
Here are just a couple student journalism memes we plucked off Alicia’s website:
More people are finding more errors than ever on the Columbia Missourian‘s website. And that’s good news! Well, that’s what one of the Missourian‘s interactive news editors wrote in this Dear Reader column. Continue reading