Kaylene Armstrong's How Student Journalists Report Campus Unrest is timely as we enter a new era of student activism. . . Armstrong's work underscores the vitality of the student-run newspaper as a channel of expression, advocacy and information for an emerging generation of leaders and scholars. . . . How Student Journalists Report Campus Unrest should be required reading in an introductory journalism course as well as in a graduate seminar course because it fills a void and will help students experience firsthand the worth of the college press.— American Journalism: A Media History Journal
It may sound like a cliché, but this book could not have come at a better time. Be it the political climate, the myriad of issues facing our country both here and abroad, the tragedy of gun violence in schools and communities, sexual assault and racism —all of these are extraordinary issues young college students face today. . . . Today in a time where the media are questioned for their roles and what they do, how extraordinary to hear from former young student journalists who feel their work paved the way for their careers today and who they are. Without a doubt, Kaylene Dial Armstrong’s “How Student Journalists Report Campus Unrest” is a must read and could be the “Bible” for journalism students, college/university school newspaper staff and advisors, on how student reporting continues to pave the way to excellence in our field.
— Journalism and Mass Communication Educator
Thoroughly researched and well contextualized, this book provides a riveting account of student journalism during periods of profound political and social unrest. Using archival sources and expertly conducted interviews, Armstrong uncovers the work of young journalists challenged to cover desegregation, freedom of speech, campus protests and deadly violence— all while going to school and facing the reactions of peers and administrators. How Student Journalists Report Campus Unrest should be on the bookshelves of all journalism faculty, student media advisers, and readers who enjoy firsthand accounts of courage amid crisis.
— Tracy Lucht, Iowa State University
Students' right to free speech is an ever-pervasive issue, and even in 2017 the New Voices campaign calls for student journalists' protection.Kaylene Armstrong's How Student Journalists Report Campus Unresthighlights historical coverage from student newspapers at different schools that came under scrutiny from both campus community members and from farther afield. It also notes the distinct entanglements of the student journalist balancing classes and reporting while being a part of the campus life they cover. An engaging read, Armstrong's work tells today's student journalists about difficulties their predecessors faced, and how they handled those issues. It is also an inherent call to action, asking students journalists to take pride in their work by showing them that quality campus reporting has impact beyond the walls of the institution and pushing them to recognize their contributions to the first draft of history.
— Kirstie Hettinga, California Lutheran University
With this book, Armstrong fills a gaping void in the literature of journalism history by specifically focusing on college media. Through an exhaustive examination of college newspaper archives and even more impressively, interviews with dozens of student journalists who lived through periods of major campus unrest, Armstrong provides readers with a new lens to key moments in American history, including the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, the Free Speech Movement in California, and the Kent State tragedy in Ohio. This book is a must-read for any journalistic history course, demonstrating difficult decisions faced, and the power possessed by members of the student media.
— Joseph Dennis, Piedmont College
As one of the oldest institutions in journalism, the student press deserves Kaylene Armstrong's in-depth examination of how student journalists aim to cover their campus better than anyone else. Her research is impeccable as she documents their earliest history, the battles with administrators, and most important, reporting decisions during historic campus moments: student unrest. The world comes to campus during these moments. Kaylene gives voice to these student reporters, adding previously unknown detail to their news reporting. This book is a rich addition to studies of the student press.
— Carol Terracina-Hartman, Lock Haven University