|Danijela Demarin, Barbora Netolická, Yulija Ni,|
Baia Dzagnidze, Marie-Josée Ryan,
Michal K., Lukas Vallo
The spring 2012 News Writing class is continuing the tradition of independent student journalism at UNYP by reviving the latest student publication, UNYPRESS, which had a one-semester run in spring 2011.
Compared to the previous edition of UNYPRESS, which was a one-time publication, this semester’s class is planning on publishing monthly, with periodic updates in between. The new edition will continue its predecessor’s global approach, covering events, trends and issues both in and outside of UNYP.
The new stuff of UNYPRESS consists mostly of students majoring in Communications and Mass Media. But two of our group members are from different majors, which gives us the opportunity to cover a variety of topics from different perspectives.
In the university’s 13-year existence, a number of student newspapers have come and gone. An early print effort, University Press, had an ambitious but short run. An online paper, The Crock, ran for several semesters during 2002 and 2003.
In the spring of 2004, UNYQUE debuted. The following semester, the newspaper was formally established as a joint venture between UNYP and The Prague Post, where instructor Frank Kuznik was culture and features editor. Thanks to strong support from UNYP Academic Dean Barbara Adams and Prague Post General Manager Eva Anderová, the two institutions agreed to share the costs of producing and distributing the paper.
Best of all, the agreement called for UNYQUE to be inserted in every copy of the Post. That boosted UNYQUE’s circulation from 1,000 to 13,500, and gave student journalists an international audience, as the Post is distributed on every Czech Airlines flight in and out of Prague. (For more on that agreement, see here.)
But it didn’t last. Both Adams and Anderová moved on, and after the spring 2006 semester, the UNYP administration abruptly canceled funding for UNYQUE. Kuznik managed to revive the paper with private sponsorship in the spring of 2007, but student interest and involvement were never the same. After a very low turnout for News Reporting in the fall of 2008, the class (which had written and produced the paper) was dropped and UNYQUE died.
We hope you enjoy our revived publication. We welcome your comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org Or find us on Facebook here