3032378977_cf0b28a702If you’re reading this, you probably know that newspapers are going through some rough times. Who needs “Rock of Love” when all the tension and nail-biting drama can be found in the newspaper industry?

In fact, Berkeley’s J-School (Graduate School of Journalism, for the uninitiated) is sponsoring a series of events this semester about the media.

Want a taste? On Oct. 26, they’re showing a docudrama. What’s more, “this docudrama will focus on four young university students as they follow their dream to build a robot that will win the annual robot competition (ROBOCON) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.” Come on, you gotta want a piece of that action!

On Nov. 4, there will be a talk by Scott Rosenberg entitled “We Are All Bloggers Now.” (Oh Rosenberg, you have no idea.) And there’s much, much more.

Still unimpressed? On Oct. 21, Greg Winter, foreign editor of the NEW YORK FREAKING TIMES, gave a talk about international news in the digital age. Here are a few things we learned: read more »


Believe it or not, the skirt creeper story is a big deal–perhaps even bigger outside the Berkeley campus. Here’s what the local media had to say about Wednesday’s skirt rally.

* Daily Planet has a sick editorial cartoon. And we don’t mean “sick” in a good way. [Daily Planet]

* Video from the Daily Cal. Just say “no” to fear. [YouTube]

* San Jose Merc came all the way up for this? Their tale puts the estimate at 50 people. [Merc]

* This one’s complete with almost up-the-skirt shots and the phrase “this DEEviant.” [CBS 5]

* This guy tells us that the predator “puts his fingers basically where they don’t belong” and reassures us it’s not a “prank.” NSS. [KRON]

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Over the last few weeks, that lovable bunch of nuts living in the trees near Memorial Stadium has been everywhere! Well, everywhere in the media, that is. Physically, they’ve mostly been behind that fence.

Moving on, the Clog presents a round-up of the stories about the tree denizens. It’s one-stop shopping, but for smelly hippies.

* New York Times: University Fences In a Berkeley Protest, and a New One Arises.

The article shouts out to a Daily Cal editorial:

bq. Soon after, the editorial board at The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, called the fence a public relations disaster and suggested that it might “encourage martyrdom.

Also, the Clog itself spotted Mr. Zachary RunningWolf himself reading his copy of the Times to his fellow tree-huggers.

* AOL Sports: Wonderful Treetards Allowed to Remain in Precious, Irreplacable Old Forest.

The story isn’t much, but the headline was too good to pass up.

* Hindustan Times: A Chipko Movement In California.

Seriously? Confidential to India: Thanks for noticing us, but we have no idea what you’re talking about.

* The Brown Daily Herald: Protesters in trees seek to block stadium expansion at UC Berkeley.

Must have been a slow day at the Ivies.

* US News and World Report: Falling Excrement Prompts Court Order for Tree-Sitters.

We always thought the tree-people might be full of shit.

* RealClearPolitics: Football and the Soul of Berkeley.

More overblown, half-baked pseudo-philosophy than a Scott Lucas column in the Daily Cal. And that’s hard to do. We should know.

* Mother Jones: Protesters in Berkeley:Up a Tree and Fenced In.

Mother Jones still exists? We thought it was as dead as Eugene Debs.

* Berkeley Daily Planet: The Myth of Cooperation.

You may think it’s local coverage at first glance, but the Daily Planet usually lives in a different world than the rest of us.