The coordinator of student media discussed access issues at the annual College Media Association gathering.
Colin Donohue ’05, coordinator of student media and instructor in Elon University’s School of Communications, sat on a panel titled “Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities” March 14 at the College Media Association’s spring conference in New York.
Donohue was joined on the panel by Hillary Warren of Otterbein University and Frank LoMonte, the director of the Student Press Law Center. The panelists discussed methods and techniques for locating information at private colleges and universities. A description of the panel reads: “Student media journalists at private universities gather information without the benefits of open access laws that apply at public institutions. Panelists will share their issues and suggestions, and the audience will be invited to do the same.”
Donohue, specifically, discussed recent changes to North Carolina’s open records laws that now require campus police forces at private universities to make public records readily available to anyone requesting them.
Donohue has previously served as the chair of the New Media Committee and a member of the Programming Committee for College Media Association. He received the Honor Roll Adviser Award from CMA in 2010. He currently teaches Multimedia Journalism in the School of Communications and advises The Pendulum.