College News Network
Participation is free to qualifying college and university student publications.
Fourth Estate's vision for the College News Network is to unite, connect and empower the world's college and university journalism outlets, and provide student journalists with access to the same tools, applications, and standards that they will be using in the professional environment.
Ultimately we seek to spark the genesis of a 21st-century college news cooperative that is owned, managed and operated by-and-for the member student publications it serves.
Student journalists have access to the same enterprise-class news content management systems that are used by the world's leading news orgnizations.
Fourth Estate's College News Network uses the Superdesk newsroom management system to meet the needs of diverse collegiate media outlets.
The platform allows the student media outlets to efficiently author, edit, publish, and share content, and facilitates collaboration and connection among the student publications.
The College News Network Newshub provides an easy to use portal that frees news and content from the technical API and allows content from the College News Network to be shared and syndicated in a professional manner.
Student journalists need to keep updated on important events, see planned coverage, and find when that content may become available. That's why editorial agendas are fully integrated into both the NewsDesk and NewsHub, putting the most up-to-date news and content right at your fingertips.
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To participate in the College News Network, a student publication must meet all of the following minimum criteria:
- Be engaged in original news-gathering and reporting using a 100% student staff,
- Subscribe to a generally accepted journalism ethics policy or journalism code of practice,
- Maintain an active Student Media Advisor, or Faculty Advisor,
- Act in the public interest, broadly defined,
- Maintain media liability insurance coverage for the student publication.
We also ask that applicants commit to participating in regular check-ins (at least monthly) and make student staff available to assist with the integration into your websites.
The Fourth Estate in turn commits to selecting participants that represent a diversity in audience and geography.
We're not just building a journalism platform, we’re building a community of student journalists and collegiate news publishers who will benefit from sharing insights and experiences, not just the sharing of content.
What is the College News Network?
The College News Network is a free program from the Fourth Estate that provides college and university news outlets around the world with access to technology and services to power a news sharing cooperative.
Student news publications from around the world agree to allow other member college news outlets to access and re-print their news stories. In exchange, they are given the right to access and reuse news stories from the other student news outlets.
What are the benefits of joining College News Network?
In addition to the cooperative wire service, members enjoy access to professional level news CMS tools and systems, networking opportunities, expanded news content reach and amplification, and more to come.
Who is eligible to join the College News Network?
Membership in the College News Network is strictly limited to active student publications who meet the minimum criteria. Interested? Click here.
Are we required to use the College News Network Newsdesk?
Yes. Providing student journalists with access to a professional level news CMS is a key part of the program.
Do we need to change our website hosting or news edition printer?
No. The College News Network Newsdesk is "headless", meaning that you are free to publish to the frontend of your choice. The Newsdesk API provides powerful tools to deliver the content in real-time.
How much does this cost the student publication?
It's free to qualifying college and university student publications.
Development of the College News Network is being underwritten by the Fourth Estate as part of the organization's public benefit mission.
Does the school, or the student publication need to be a Fourth Estate Member?
No. While we certainly hope that you will find membership to be valuable and beneficial, it is not a requirement to participate in the College News Network program.
Can we participate in the College News Network if we do not want to share news and content?
No. At its core, the College News Network is a cooperative wire service for college news media.
How is the College News Network funded?
Development and initial funding of the College News Network is being underwritten by the Fourth Estate as part of the organization's public benefit mission. The ultimate goal is for the network to become a public benefit news cooperative or public benefit corporation, owned and operated by its members.