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Welcome to Utah State News Service

The Utah State News Service publishes news content produced by students and curated by faculty of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University.

Scholarship providers to the department may republish Utah State News Service articles at any time without cost. Media entities that do not donate to the department's scholarship fund may also freely republish Utah State News Service articles, but are asked to refrain from doing so until 72 hours after initial publication. If used in whole or part, the authorship of the student reporter should be noted in a byline of tagline. To donate to the department's scholarship fund, visit

The service, which was first launched as the Hard News Café in 1998, is one of the oldest continuously operated internet news organizations in the Mountain West.

For more information, or to hire a Utah State News Service student writer or photographer for a specific assignment in Northern Utah, contact Matthew LaPlante at To hire a Utah State News Service broadcast student reporter or videographer, contact Brian Champagne at

Recent Articles

Is Logan about to bag its plastic habit?


A proposed ban on plastic bags will be discussed in a public hearing at a Logan Municipal Council meeting on Feb. 5.

A national ski group wants resorts to focus on safety in January. Only one in Utah did.


In recognition of National Skier Safety Month, Snowbasin Resort is hosting a variety of contests, activities and lessons for guests throughout January.

Journalism department to future students: ‘@ me’


Students at Utah State University will soon have the option to tweet, post, and Snapchat their way to a degree. After nearly two years of development, the current social media course offered by USU's journalism and communication department will be expande...

A battle of the birds: Could more hunting cause more problem turkeys?


In response to complaints from citizens and city officials, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources increased available turkey hunting permits from around 500 to 2,500 in 2018.

Rival schools show support on social media after Utah tragedy


In the wake of the University of Utah’s tragic shooting, other schools in the state have set aside petty rivalries and school colors to offer a social media show of support for the family and friends of a slain student-athlete.

Utah State players to Alabama: We could beat you


Two Utah State University football players have suggested that their team could go "toe-to-toe" with No. 1-ranked Alabama.

Can the Aggies keep control of the puck, and their tempers?


The Aggies will try to control the puck — and their tempers — when they face the Aztecs on Friday in Logan.

Sapling sculpture will only last two years — and that's the point


The lawn tucked between the Merrill Cazier Library and the engineering building at Utah State University was nothing more than another patch of grass on campus. This month it became the working ground for a sculpture made entirely of sticks.

Lost pet microchipping program will launch in Logan


Lost pets will be mandatorily microchipped under a new law in the city of Logan. The ordinance will require the animal to receive a data chip prior to its release back to its owner. According to the resolution, the cost for placing the chip will be set at...

Scooter company in contact with Logan, but Bird isn't ready to fly just yet


One of the nation’s largest electric scooter-share companies has submitted an application to operate in Logan.

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