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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.

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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

Bigfoot sightings spike in Northern Utah during pandemic


For years, Cache Valley believers of Bigfoot have felt alone in their experiences. But the COVID-19 pandemic — and a Facebook group — has brought together these people with unusual encounters.

Festival attendance may indicate growing LGBTQ+ acceptance in Logan


Logan Pride vendors and attendees are hoping an apparent increase in attendance at this year’s festival is indicative of an improved culture of inclusion in Cache Valley.

First 'hard freeze' warning of the season comes earlier than usual


When a “hard freeze” warning was issued earlier this week, many teachers and researchers at Utah State University had to consider a change in plans.

Reinstated Interfaith Initiative seeks to build 'vulnerable and authentic sharing'


Leaders from a club that tries to bridge religious differences on Utah State University’s campus are hoping to increase in-person participation this school year after a five-year hiatus.

Student leaders work to bring Aggie spirit back to campus


Student leaders in Logan are using the pandemic as a catalyst to reimagine campus events as part of an effort to bring “Aggie spirit” back to campus.

USU rodeo club hoping for packed bleachers as the Fall Stampede returns


The Utah State University rodeo club’s Fall Stampede is back after a subdued event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccine ‘requirement’ or ‘mandate’? To some at USU, administrative semantics are causing confusion and resistance


A lack of clarity about how a COVID-19 vaccine policy will be defined and enforced is leading some Utah State University students to question the purpose of having a rule at all.

As telehealth counseling expands, privacy worries abound


Patient privacy has arisen as a major concern as psychological health professionals have moved their work online during the pandemic.

Kaysville officials surprised by the public’s reaction to April Fools’ Day joke


Kaysville officials were surprised by criticism they received in response to this year's April Fools' Day joke.

Mental health centers at USU see an increase in student participation amid pandemic


Since moving to telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah State University's physical and mental wellness employees have noticed an increase of students utilizing their resources.

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