College newspapers are doing the work that professional newspapers ought to be doing.
In Minneapolis, an openly gay 23-year-old University of Minnesota student, Charles Carlson, ran for a city council seat.
All was fine and dandy until the student newspaper found out that Carlson had fabricated his entire biography, and he suffered from severe mental illnesses.
Carlson, who had received a large amount of support from the gay community in Minneapolis, claimed to have been born in England, attended Princeton University, officiated a tennis match at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a number of other falsehoods. Carlson went to the extent of falsifying documents for each of these claims.
Briana Bierschbach, a junior at the University of Minnesota, began an investigative journalism piece on Carlson after comments on an earlier article about Carlson made interesting claims. In her investigative work, she faxed over Carlson's fake transcripts from Princeton and his 'supposed' high school. She called his 'supposed' relatives. And she even called up the Obama and Clinton campaigns, both of which he claimed to have a higher-up position in.
After all of this work, the local newsstation and newspaper immediately picked up the story and Ms. Bierschbach got little attention.
Many believed that Carlson, with his superior funding, higher-tech website, and corporate sponsorships, would have won the election. This just goes to show the power of the student press and the laziness of the professional media.