The Chronicle—Duke’s independent student newspaper—was recently honored with the 2015 Online Pacemaker award, which is the highest honor given by the Associated Collegiate Press to online college student publications and is known as “the college press equivalent of the Pulitzer.” The publication was one of only three newspapers in its category—newspapers with school enrollments of 10,001-20,000—to win the award.
This year, the Chronicle is working to increase its digital innovation and expand its presence on social media. Editor-in-chief Amrith Ramkumar explained that the Chronicle staff is placing an emphasis on having fun this year as they report about campus events.
Read about SciCheck, a new fact-checking channel which is reviewing scientific claims made by candidates in the 2016 election campaign. Julia Donheiser ’19 describes the idea behind the new fact-checking feature, its goals and the claims it has fact-checked so far in a Duke Reporters’ Lab article entitled “SciCheck puts political claims under a microscope.”
This year, a group of students led by senior Sofia Manfredi began a publication called “Department Of” which produces undergraduate comedic and satirical writing. Manfredi, the editor-in-chief, said that their goal is to provide an outlet for campus humor writing that is lighthearted and irreverent but also sharply critical. “Department Of” is the only student humor publication on campus currently.
“Department Of” publishes mainly through its website but also prints small issues, which feature student submissions such as dialogues, essays, speeches, diary entries and letters. They recently released a Halloween zine, modeled after the burn book in the movie “Mean Girls.”
This year, Duke Political Review is releasing a new feature board consisting of podcasts and investigative stories. The publication, which aims to capture a diverse range of student opinions on political and social issues, also unveiled a new webpage design.
Editor-in-chief Natalie Ritchie said that the podcasts will spotlight individuals on campus that have a unique expertise in a certain area. For instance, one podcast includes a DPR writer’s experience teaching in a disadvantaged area in Mississippi. They will also have a more local Durham focus. Their first print publication will be released in late November.
The Rival, the newest independent student publication at Duke, launched on October
27th 28th! The Rival, a completely digital publication, focuses on Duke student perspectives consisting of columns such as “Duke Unfiltered,” a social commentary on Duke’s culture, and “True Blue,” profiles of unique individuals on campus. A section called “Why this Matters” covers current events.
According to Junior Lizzy Raben, who worked to bring The Rival to Duke, The Rival gives voice to Duke students and fills existing gaps in campus journalism.
The Duke East Asia Nexus (DEAN), a student organization, produces a print and online journal featuring lengthier, academic pieces that explore East Asia with a multidisciplinary approach. Editor-in-chief Bochen Han said DEAN has recently been working to diversify its contributors and expand its audience outreach.
DEAN has cultivated content-sharing partnerships with student publications such as the University of Toronto’s Foreign Observer, Yale University’s China Hands and University of California San Diego’s China Focus. This year, it is seeking to establish more partnerships like these, and with independent writers from outside the RTPark area.
DEAN’s next print publication will be released in November.
This year, Duke Student Broadcasting—a student-run broadcasting network station that provides multimedia coverage of the Duke community—is working to expand its website, said president Grace Oathout. They also plan to unveil several new shows.
Look for “Dur-HAM and other foods,” with Melissa Carrico and Camille Hayward focusing on restaurants in the Durham area, “Top Plays” a feature that reviews the top plays in Duke sports each month and “DevilsNation,” a weekly sports recap show. In addition, DSB will interview campus celebrities in “The Not So Late Show,” modeled after Jimmy Fallon’s late night show.
Check out their content on the DSB YouTube channel.
RIVAL magazine—a joint publication between Duke and UNC Chapel Hill— is in the process of overhauling its design. Editor-in-chief Jake Klein, a Duke senior, said that they are striving for a more sleek, modern look.
Look for two new sections this year: an events calendar for student organizations to advertise upcoming events and a column for STEM majors to write about their research, topics of interest and what STEM means to them.
This semester, The Standard—a student-run digital publication—is focusing on generating more content than ever before. Editor-in-chief Sabrina Tager explains that they are now publishing multiple columns each week, ranging from music and film reviews to feminist social commentary to poetry.
They have also begun displaying fashion shoots with a social message on their website. One feature, entitled “The Right to Bare Arms,” centers around female empowerment and how “femininity is about being strong, powerful, and taking ownership of your body.”
At the invitation of Duke International Relations Association (DIRA), Iranian-Canadian journalist and activist Maziar Bahari visited Duke on September 29th.
Bahari discussed his reporting from conflict zones as well as his thoughts on the future of Iranian journalism and America’s relationship with Iran in wake of the nuclear deal. Bahari, a former Newsweek correspondent featured in Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater, was imprisoned and tortured for his coverage of the 2009 Iranian election protests.
The Duke Political Review’s Jay Sullivan interviewed Bahari at length about his experiences as a journalist.
The DeWitt Wallace Center helped support Bahari’s visit to campus.
Mark Stencel joins the Reporters’ Lab as a co-director, with Professor Bill Adair. He will lead research projects on fact-checking as well as political journalism and will manage the Lab’s database of fact-checking websites around the world. Read more about Stencel on the Reporters’ Lab website.
David A. Graham, T’09, a staff writer at The Atlantic, will work with Professor Philip Bennett on expanding the Rutherfurd Living History Program. He plans to research the interview as a journalistic tool to identify the best practices for conducting interviews and the future of it.
Stencel and Graham are each enlisting Duke students to join in research projects. Graham’s students will help with researching, conducting and producing long-form video interviews with notable figures as part of the Rutherfurd Living History project. The undergraduates assisting Stencel will investigate new, digital-friendly ways of presenting information and will track the work of fact-checkers around the world.
A Duke team has developed software to assist journalists in identifying and fact-checking claims made by politicians and other news sources. The team is presenting their research at the 2014 Computation + Journalism conference in New York on Oct. 24. Professors Jun Yang and Bill Adair have described the research in an American Journalism Review article. The uClaim/iCheck team’s research can be found here.