Collegiate Network Behind Move To Launch Independent College Newspapers


For those of us with a journalistic background or possessing admiration for the fourth estate, witnessing the closure of college newspapers on campuses across the country has been a disappointment, even a worrisome trend considering that in some cases student led papers are often the only independent voice left. Some college newspapers have successfully made the transition from newsprint to internet site, while scores of newspapers have simply shut down as funding and/or student apathy has led to their closure.

writing powerFortunately, one organization is doing its part to stem, even reverse the tide of newspaper closings, by encouraging students to start their own independent college newspapers. The Collegiate Network has been behind the move to develop newspapers which is what they say is an alternative to the “politicization of American college and university classrooms, curricula, student life, and the resulting decline of educational standards.”

Conservative, Libertarian & Making A Difference

Collegiate Network, or CN, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a decidedly conservative and/or libertarian bent. Since 1995, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., or (ISI) has managed CN, itself an organization which promotes Christian and Western viewpoints for its members which consists of current college students and faculty members.

CN is a voluntary organization with more than 100 member newspapers for schools across the country including Georgetown University, NC State, the University of Texas, Oregon State, Wabash College, University of Chicago and Umass-Amherst to name a few. Some schools are represented by more than one independent newspaper too.

Calling The Kettle Black On College Campuses

Though some of the newspapers have faculty oversight, many do not which allows the newspapers to voice their concerns while avoiding political correctness. Many of the member newspapers have developed a reputation for countering what they see as the misappropriation of student fees, hypocrisy on the administrative level, countering speech codes which have a way of stifling student debate and more.

CN offers a program to encourage professional journalism development in the form of paid summer internships as well as year-long fellowships at notable media outlets. The deadline for this year’s fellowships has passed, therefore consider applying when the opportunity arises for next year. CN supports year-long fellows with stipends ranging between $24-30,000. Some have gone on to successful careers in the industry, taking jobs with The Weekly Standard, ABC News and other outlets.

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