Science Journalism and the Big 10

“Of the 16 student run newspapers in the Big 10, approximately 6 percent have a science section.”

By Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist

Continuing an examination of science journalism and science news here in the United States, The Systems Scientist examined the student run newspapers of the Power Five Conferences: the Big 10, the Big 12, the Pac 12, the SEC (Southeastern Conference), the ACC (Atlanta Coast Conference). In other words, many of the future journalists of this country, including policy makers and leaders who read the news and make important decisions.

In this article, the Big 10 schools were examined. Of the 14 Big 10 schools, there were 16 school student newspapers included in this examination. As the reader will see, there were two schools from Purdue and two schools from Wisconsin.

Of the 16 student run newspapers in the Big 10, approximately 6 percent have a science section. But to accomplish this task. The Systems Scientist had to break its own rules. In other words, in order to satisfy the one condition; that is, there is a link on the main page of the newspaper’s website that says “Science.” Under this condition, none of the Big 10 schools would qualify.

However, The Daily Cardinal which is a University of Wisconsin, Madison student run newspaper, does have a science section. It just takes an additional click.

Here are the results.

Big 10 Student Newspapers with a Science Section
School Newspaper Population Y/N
Illinois The Daily Illini 44,087 N
Indiana Indiana Daily Student 48,514 N
Iowa The Daily Iowan 32,150 N
Maryland The Diamondback 38,140 N
Michigan The Michigan Daily 43,625 N
Michigan State The State News 50,543 N
Minnesota The Minnesota Daily 50,678 N
Nebraska The Daily Nebraskan 25,260 N
Northwestern The Daily Northwestern 20,995 N
Ohio State The Lantern 65,184 N
Penn State The Daily Collegian 97,494 N
Purdue The Exponent 39,409 N
Purdue Purdue University Calumet N
Rutgers The Daily Targum 66,013 N
Wisconsin The Badger Herald 43,389 N
Wisconsin The Daily Cardinal Y
Total 665,481
Table Created by The Systems Scientist
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