Welcome to the home site for the Intercollegiate Online News Network.

The Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) is a set of individuals, academic programs, and professional organizations dedicated to connecting campus web journalists and campus news websites and to advancing education in web and online journalism at the collegiate level.

Member sites of ICONN agree to share their originally produced content with other member sites and also agree to give appropriate credit to the originating site.

• If you want to know more about ICONN, visit out About page.

•  If you are affiliated with a website that would like to join ICONN, please fill out the form on the Join on this site.

• If you are seeking information about the JeffersonNet content management system that drives many of the websites in the ICONN technical network, check on this information about JeffersonNet.

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Journalism education books now on the iPad

A series of  journalism texts built specifically for the iPad is now available to high school and journalism teachers and students.

(Watch the trailer video about this series.)

The Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN), in association with First Inning Press, is producing a series of journalism-related texts for the iPad. Currently, there are four titles in this series: Introduction to Journalism; Reporting: An Introduction; Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Pictures and Words; and The First Amendment.

Each text was built especially for the iPad and is suitable for high school or college journalism classes. Each has a variety of multimedia elements including video, audio, photo galleries and other interactive resources.

The introductory, reporting and photojournalism texts contain an abridged version of the First Amendment text. (A stand-alone free version of the First Amendment book is also available.)

Each text is $1.99 on the iBookstore.

Here are links to the iTunes pages for the textbooks:

The textbooks themselves can only be viewed and downloaded with an iPad.

More texts (for example: feature writing, journalistic writing, sports journalism, video news) are planned for this series.

ICONN is an association of campus news websites that was formed at the University of Tennessee in 2008. Academic programs, campus news websites, professional organizations and individuals are welcome to join ICONN at no cost. If you are wanting to start a news website for your course or program, ICONN can help you do that with its JeffersonNet content management system. More information can be found at the ICONN website.


ICONN NewsStream launched

The ICONN NewsStream, the news service of the Intercollegiate Online News Network, has been launch and is now in full operation. The service will provide fresh, relevant content for ICONN news websites on a regular basic and also offer an opportunity for collegiate journalists to have their work appear on other ICONN sites. READ MORE . . .


State of the Network, September 2011

For a comprehensive look at the Intercollegiate Online News Network, take a look at the State of the Network, September 2011 report.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • JeffersonNet. In October 2010, we achieved a founding goal of the organization: Setting up a system that could create and support news websites for any school, course, program or campus entity that want them. The system is the WordPress-based JeffersonNet.
  • Growth in membership. The number of news website that are members of ICONN — and its high school subsidiary, the Interscholastic Online News Network — continues to increase. ICONN has more than 30 campus sites as members, 18 of which are supported by the JeffersonNet content management system. On the ISONN side, we have 46 member sites, 42 of which are supported by JeffersonNet.
  • Educational outreach. The Going Online workshops held at the University of Tennessee over the past two years morphed into something new this past summer — online workshops. Their success has opened up new possibilities for teacher training at both the collegiate and scholastic level. Our educational site, JN-21.com, has more information.
  • Conferences. In addition to the workshops noted above, ICONN held its third annual conference in March. The conference was hosted by the University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism. Next year’s conference will be March 29-30 at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn.
  • ICONN/ISONN NewsStreams. The idea of using the work of individual member sites as the basis for a collegiate news wire formed and has been put into practice this year. And we have done the same thing on the scholastic side with our ISONN NewsStream. Check these out: ICONNNewsStream and ISONNNewsStream.
  • Strengthening the organization. We have taken a number of steps to strengthen the internal organization, including application for 501-c-3 non-profit status, the building of an advertising network, and the submission of several grant proposals.