Are you a reporter or editor for your college’s newspaper? Are you searching for article ideas and feature examples? Do you have writer’s block and need some help with newspaper story ideas? Do you write for a college newspaper such as The Bison at Harding University, The Optimist at ACU, The Daily Toreador at Texas Tech or The Battalion at Texas A&M and need some fresh new ideas? Here are a few suggestions for articles and features for college newspapers.
This one is a very serious, but necessary, topic. Sadly, many college students do attempt suicide each year. You might try to interview a local mental health professional for signs to watch for in friends and roommates. You should also list referrals including the college counseling center and additional outside resources. Be sure to include 1-800-Suicide.
Interview a Successful Alumnus of Your School
Another idea for college newspaper reporters is to interview an alumnus from your school. You might try to find someone that has been very successful, and perhaps has a unique story. Encourage the person to share college memories, as well as provide advice.
Job Interview Tips
This topic is perfect for editions in April, May or anytime of year. Discuss tips for making a great first impression during a job interview. Talk with someone in the career center, who will hopefully provide lots of quotes. Be sure to list on-campus resources such as job fairs, seminars and more.
One idea is to discuss appropriate ways to answer common job interview questions. Read “How to Answer the ‘Why Should We Hire You’ Question in a Job Interview” for more insight. Also read this article here about advice on answering the “Why Do You Want to Work Here?” question.
Foreign Student Spotlight
A fourth idea is to interview a foreign student and feature him/her in the paper. You might consider making this a regular feature if there is enough room. You might ask him/her to provide advice to other foreign students, and discuss what he wish he/she had known before he came to the states.
Another article that would be great for your college newspaper is to provide some relationship, dating or marriage advice. You could possibly even interview some professors to provide their dating tips and suggestions. If you need some ideas on what to include in the article, please read “20 Signs You’re Dating Mr. Wrong” and “10 Relationship Red Flags and Bad Girlfriend Warning Signs.”
History of School Traditions
Another fun article idea is to discuss the history of school traditions. This might require some research and interviews with school administrators. For example, if you write for The Bison at Harding, research the tradition of avoiding the Bell Tower. If your school holds candleilightings or ring ceremonies, discuss the tradition behind it. You might ask for help and insight on your college’s Facebook alumni site.
You Might Be a (Your College’s Name) Student If…
This one is a copycat from the notorious “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes. For example, if you write for the Baylor newspaper, compose a feature of “You Might Be a Baylor Student If….” It would be hilarious. Try to collect some from other students and professors.
This article is great for editions at the beginning of the year. You can discuss advice for getting along with your roommate. If you need some tips, read “5 Basic Tips for Getting Along With Your College Roommate.” You also might take a look at “Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate.”
Many nonprofit agencies desperately need volunteers. College is the ideal time to volunteer, as most students need the experience and have free time. If there is a volunteer center in your area, contact them for suggestions.
One fantastic program to advocate is the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program of America. They are always needing volunteers, especially male role models. Read “Why You Should Volunteer as a Big Brother / Big Sister” for more insight. Other agencies that might need volunteers are CASA (advocates for abused children), local rape crisis centers, food banks and more.
Area College Ministries
A tenth helpful idea is to spotlight area college ministries. For example, if you write for The Battalion at Texas A&M, you might contact Aggies for Christ and discuss their ministry. You might list what they do, service projects, and how to join. In addition, ask local ministers for advice on college life, etc.
These are just ten suggestions for your college newspaper. Still needing ideas? Browse suggestions for high school newspapers, and see if anything stands out. Read “High School Newspaper Article Ideas” for some links with fantastic ideas. Happy Writing!