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October 17, 2009: The Student Newspaper Survival Blog


There is a useful and user-friendly Internet resource available to students who practice the art of journalism at the college level.

The Student Newspaper Survival Blog calls itself “a collection of news reports, commentaries and tips on the craft of college newspapering.” The web site is designed to inspire student editors, reporters, page designers, photographers, cartoonists, columnists and critics — as well as the advisers and business managers who help them.

The blog’s author is Rachele Kanigel, an assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. Kanigel is the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide.

According to the web site, Kanigel was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years, writing mostly about health and medicine for the Oakland Tribune, the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and the Contra Costa Times.

As a freelance writer, she has written for numerous magazines and web sites, including Time, U.S. News and World Report, Health, People, Reader’s Digest, Natural Health, CNN.com and MSNBC.com. She chairs the Professional Development Committee for College Media Advisers and is Vice President of the California College Media Association.

Kanigel’s current posts include an article about a Rowan University journalism student who put together a list of the Top 10 sites for online journalism students, a guide to using the iPhone to look up Associated Press style and a gallery of post-election college newspaper front pages.

There is also a listing of popular college newspaper links, as well as web site archives dating back to 2006.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 55