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How students’ media change communities

Information is a resource with has an expiration date. News, interviews, stories create today’s media and are covered by TV channels, digital newspapers, blogs and students’ media. Even though information is in free access, there is no channel that can substitute university newspaper.

Probably some of you did not know about the Caper Times existence, but, as a newspaper, we are trying our best to cover the campus life and outside events. This article is dedicated to show the importance of students’ media and how it works in other universities.

The main idea of students’ newspaper (it also can be magazine or radio) is to be a verified source of information created by students and for students. Covering what is happening in university administration and surrounding community. The Michigan Daily exposed COVID-19 outbreak among sororities and fraternities in University of Michigan. The Daily Gamecock informed how administration was withholding information about the virus clusters in University of South Carolina. The State Press in Arizona State University reported on students who left the dorm during the time they were supposed to quarantine.

University newspapers can also transform into the independent local news agency like “Bumaga” (in translation to English means “Paper”)

“The city Internet newspaper "Bumaga" grew out of the iUni student media, which was created and supported by students from several universities in St. Petersburg. At some point, the iUni editors realized that they needed to go further, so in 2012, "Bumaga" appeared. Only the old team remained from the previous edition.

"Bumaga" writes about St. Petersburg for local citizens. The newspaper cooperates with the German Deutsche Welle”.

However, contributions are what makes the students’ written newspapers special. Ivah Gallagher, editor of The Quill stated in his article about importance of students’ media:

“Not only does it provide a source of news ranging from administration and funding issues to sports scores and club announcements, but the student media also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas”

Caper Times publishes students’ submissions on our social media and in monthly digital publications, so your works are valued and appreciated. Do not hesitate sharing your writings and crafts! To learn more contact :


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