Intercollegiate Online News NetworkThe Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) is an association of campus news websites, teachers, administrators and professionals who seek to help journalism and journalism education improve in today’s converged environment. A main purpose of the association is to encourage the startup of news websites on college campuses and at high schools and middle schools.

Any individual or organization that shares in the beliefs and goals of ICONN may join this organization. There are no fees for joining at any 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.

The high school arm of ICONN is the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN).

The Intercollegiate Online News Network was begun at the University of Tennessee in 2008 and held the first of its annual conferences in January 2009.

Mission statement

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

One goal of ICONN is to foster and encourage good journalism and high standards of journalism education through campus news web sites where students are free to learn, experiment, fail and succeed in constructing the future of journalism.

We want to assist faculty and journalism programs as they make the shift in their curricula from heavy or exclusive emphasis on traditional news media to the emerging online environments in which journalism is increasingly being practiced.

We seek to be inclusive and supportive, believing that no individual or group has all the answers or all the good ideas. We believe the future holds great promise and exciting opportunities for all who will embrace it.

ICONN is an organization dedicated to free expression and the rights and ideals embodied by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.