Tipsheet: College eds story idea roundup 10/15/2012

Rounding up a week of story idea tweets with elaboration: the purpose of college; non-scandalous coverage of Greeks; lots of story-worthy statistics; and debate-worthy questions about race.

As I’ve said before, I’m alarmed by the growing belief that college is merely a step toward making money. Here’s another possible starting point for starting a conversation about that on your campus: a professor’s piece for cnn.com on the value of college. Key quote: “I’ve talked to so many students over the years who find their calling through a course taken to fulfill a general-education requirement: astronomy to theater.”

Will you find your calling in a class? Does anyone really love a class? Why not ask them?

Many experts want more group projects in classes, but many students hate them. Reason enough to do a story, and here’s a tipsheet for working in a group to get you started.

A corollary to seeing college as an investment toward future income is the ongoing question of whether that’s a smart investment. A new Brookings study concludes that “the cost of college is growing, but the benefits of college … are growing even faster.”

Yes, we’ve had another round of scandals at fraternities and sororities. Rather than wait for one on your campus, I suggested last week that you ask students about their experiences as Greeks.

Another under-covered topic on most campuses: religion. Pew now tells us that 34 percent of people born 1990-94 answer “none” to religious affiliation.

More statistics worth your attention: “More than 13 percent of women report having been stalked in college … 54 percent of female murder victims [had] reported stalking” 

Finally, two suggestions about race:

A thoughtful AP story asks: Do black people back President Obama because he’s black? Think you could start a lively debate over that?

A blog post of mine last week asked: Does race matter? Will it matter when today’s students look for work? It’s a timely topic after last week’s Supreme Court arguments over diversity factors in college admissions. And after the University of Mississippi crowned its first-ever African-American homecoming queen.

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Student media director, Georgia Southern University

Posted on October 15, 2012, in Tipsheet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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