Matt DeRienzo | Editor&Publisher | December 17, 2019

There are the numerous examples of college (and even high school) programs putting theory into practice through student media outlets and projects that are actually filling gaps in local news coverage and scooping traditional media outlets.

Student media is so important in college towns such as Ann Arbor, Mich., Columbia, Mo., and Phoenix that any analysis of the country’s “news desert” problem and potential solutions would be incomplete without considering such outlets.

Their strength should show traditional news organizations that collaboration with students (and educators) can lead to improvement and expansion of their own journalism. It’s not a luxury or some kind of charitable pursuit.
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