Just as a free and active press is critical to a healthy democracy, so a vigorous and representative student media is vital to a dynamic and engaged campus community.
The National Student News Service (NSNS) is a student media project focused on highlighting and promoting stories on student issues and student action. Students across the country are doing great work: identifying and elucidating problems facing students, taking action, holding decision makers responsible, exposing wrongdoing, and seeking the truth. Our job is to ensure that student issues get the attention they deserve, and to promote the work of student journalists.
Our primary service is the NSNS Newswire, a news digest that aggregates the best in media focused on student activism and student issues, which we distribute to a broad audience through our website, email and RSS.
We also work with students one-on-one to help build journalism skills and improve the quality of student-centered media on campus.
The Budget Crunch Forum
As colleges and universities across the nation grapple with cuts to education budgets and shrinking endowments, one group bears the responsibility of keeping the student community informed: student journalists.
The Budget Crunch Forum is a new community hub for student journalists focused on the budget cuts in higher education and their implications for students. The forum will help journalists train each other in best practices on covering these complicated issues. From public records requests to covering protests on the ground, we will help journalists equip themselves to dig up the heart of the story quickly and accurately. By collaborating, we can reach new heights of balanced and in-depth reporting.
The project will combine conference calls, an online forum, an archive of useful statistics, and a timeline of articles to help journalists contextualize budget cuts at their school within the larger national trend.
The National Student News Service is funded by the Center for Public Interest Research, a national organization registered under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The Center, founded by the state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), hosts joint projects and programs of the state and student PIRGs and affiliated projects.