In a story by editorial intern Julie Moon in the current issue of the St. Louis Journalism Review (last month's is the most current one online as of this writing), she laments the lack of campus media attention paid by other, in-town college papers to the recent sit-ins for living wages by students at Washington University. The story should have resonated beyond Wash U.'s Student Life publication, she argues.
Included are several juicy, hand-wringing comments from Tammy Merrett-Murry, faculty adviser to the student paper at STLCC-Meramec, including:
"We can talk until we're blue in the face, and if they're just interested in tuning it out or loading up their iPods, there is nothing we can do about it...If a story doesn't fall into their laps, they're not interested."
Why, I remember being a young pup journalism student and having to actually leave campus! Interviewing and hobnobbing and whatnot. These kids today...