HuffPost College Begins First Semester

The Huffington Post will try to earn a degree with its launch of HuffPost College, which it called an online college hub that will offer news and video from campuses, as well as blog posts from both students and academics covering higher education and college life.

Technology and innovations editor Jose Antonio Vargas is the editor of HuffPost College, which will also tap more than 60 college newspapers from across the country for content, including The Harvard Crimson, the Yale Daily News, The Maneater at the University of Missouri, The Daily Californian at the University of California-Berkeley, and The Sun Star at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Vargas will be assisted by Leah Finnegan, recent graduate of the University of Texas-Austin and former editor of The Daily Texan.

Contributing bloggers will include: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan; Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College; Meredith Segal, creator of the Students for Barack Obama Facebook group; Jeff Katz, sex columnist for The Cornell Daily Sun; Paul Bowers, student at the University of South Carolina; and Josh Weinstein, a recent Princeton grad and founder of GoodCrush, a new social-networking site for college students.

HuffPost College will also team up with HuffPost’s Eyes & Ears citizen-journalist team, and their first collaboration, The College Debt Project, was the page’s lead story Monday morning.

HuffPost co-founder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington said:

With two college-aged daughters, I’ve recently been infused again with all the excitement, promise, and vitality of campus life, so creating HuffPost College is something I’m especially excited about. The section features voices from colleges all around the country and is a real-time snapshot of college life today — from coverage of the latest trends and sports happenings to more serious issues such as freedom of expression on campus and the rising cost of tuition.

And Vargas added:

HuffPost College gives students and their professors a vibrant platform on which to express all the things they care about and enables them to connect with one another in a common online space. Our goal is to represent the widest diversity of voices, from schools large and small, public and private, rural and urban. The section covers the different aspects of the college experience, from the fun to the life-changing. It’s also meant to tap into the new ways in which this generation of students communicates and interacts, whether through social media or via laptop at a coffee shop.