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While the news industry struggles, college students are supplying some memorable journalism
An investigation into academic research leads to the resignation of Stanford University's president
NEW YORK (AP) — Within the past year, young journalists have produced investigations that led to the resignation of Stanford University's president, the firing of Northwestern University's football coach, and a school shooting graphic so striking that it led a veteran newsman to say, “I've never seen a better front page.”
All while making sure to get their homework in on time.
A news industry that has been shedding jobs as long as they've been alive, and the risk of harassment when their work strikes nerves hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of many college students — often unpaid — who are keeping the flame alive with noteworthy journalism.
“At the end of the day, journalism is a public good, and it attracts people who want to do service for others,” said Theo Baker, a Stanford University sophomore whose stories about faulty scientific research prompted a university investigation and eventual resignation of Stanford's president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne.