Even amid canceled classes, power outages and print-publishing stoppages, college media outlets have been faithfully covering various facets of Hurricane Sandy — online and in real time.
Below is a breakdown of some standout student press Sandy reporting.
A man passes a fallen tree on East 7th Street in a Lower East Side neighborhood.
The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University: The Crimson crew has been dutifully covering the storm’s run-up and touchdown at Harvard and within Boston. The paper’s famed Flyby blog also features one of the more lighthearted Sandy stories I’ve seen so far: “The Official Hurricane Sandy Playlist.” It is a rundown of a dozen storm-themed songs students should have on in the background while they study or party during their time off from classes. Among the selected songs: Led Zeppelin’s When The Levee Breaks, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Still Raining, Still Dreaming, and Adele’s Skyfall.
The Daily Orange, Syracuse University: Amid canceled classes — quite a rare event at Syracuse — the Daily Orange has published what its editor-in-chief Mark Cooper is calling a special storm edition. The large, all-caps headline on the front page: “Rained Out.” Among the articles in the issue: a retrospective featuring faculty and alumni memories of a 1998 Labor Day derecho (“a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm”) — the last time weather led to campus-wide course cancellations at SU. All DO Sandy stories can be found here.
The Hatchet, George Washington University: The Hatchet crew is all over Sandy’s impact on GW and Washington, D.C. Along with a team of photographers snapping and posting shots of external and internal damage (including water leaking into dorm hallways), they are providing live blog updates. One interesting news brief focuses on GW professors who held online classes Monday amid the university’s closure and obvious problems some had venturing outside.
The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University: The Princetonian is providing numerous updates to the Princeton community on its homepage and through its Twitter feed, including informing readers the school has switched to generator power. Staff also put together a Sandy photo slideshow, including a shot of two students cooking in their dorm instead of heading outside to find food.
The Comment, Bridgewater State University: Kaitlyn Wallace, the Comment‘s editor-in-chief, put together an impressively comprehensive write-up on the many sides of Sandy. It includes a snippet on some student and staff concerns about how long it took BSU officials to announce the school’s temporary closure. And it mentions what must be a situation faced by a number of other schools nationwide — the BSU women’s volleyball team is currently stuck in Memphis after a weekend invitational due to canceled flights.
Cars floating in a parking structure flooded by Hurricaine Sandy on Oct. 30 in the financial district in New York City.
Connect2Mason, George Mason University: A post Monday evening on the Connect2Mason Sandy live blog provided a breakdown of what students can do for fun while riding out the storm. Among the suggested activities from entertainment editor Helena Okolicsanyi: flashlight tag, board games and building a pillow and blanket fort.
The Daily Collegian, Penn State University: The Daily Collegian put out a special PDF issue, a digital version of the paper that was not able to be printed and distributed around State College, Pa., due to Sandy. One story posted by the Collegian online and in the PDF that caught my eye by staff writer Adam Lidgett confirmed, “State College bottle shops are selling out of Hurricane 40 oz. Malt Liquor in nearly record numbers.”
The Columbia Spectator, Columbia University: The Spectator is covering Sandy’s impact on CU and New York City with brief bursts of live updates, mainly through its Spectrum blog. The paper’s former editor-in-chief Nick Summers also snapped and posted a shot of half-lit, half-dark Manhattan (due to blackouts) that achieved instant viral fame on Instagram and Twitter.
The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania: The Daily Pennsylvanian is maintaining an entire separate section on its website devoted to its Hurricane Sandy coverage, including a “Reporter’s Notebook” piece sharing one staffer’s glimpse of a local Red Cross storm shelter. On Monday, the paper also launched a Hurricane Sandy Storify to document the storm’s escalating impact on Penn and greater Philadelphia.
What other student news outlets are distinguishing themselves through their quality storm coverage?
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