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College Newspaper Takes a Break

Oct 27, 2020

The Daily Gamecock, which is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina, went dark for a week this month because, as noted in a piece written by the editorial staff, they’re not doing okay.

The editorial staff said the fall semester has become “a structureless blur” of breaking news, online meetings, quarantines and, the usual course loads. They say they’ve been overworked, have not been sleeping, and at times have forgotten to eat because they’ve been so busy.  You can read the editorial here.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the pressures faced by college journalists and some of the challenges they’ve faced this fall.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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