College newspapers serve as incubators for the real deal, at least until your local news becomes a national story. When a big story happens, like last week’s shooting of UC Santa Barbara students, the college newspapers often have the best coverage. They know the place and the players. Trusted by and familiar to sources, they get stories the national press can’t. And when the national attention turns elsewhere, the local paper — the college paper — stays on the story and follows it for months and months. So this week we salute the staffs of two college newspapers, The Channels (Santa Barbara City College) and The Daily Nexus (UC Santa Barbara) for their ongoing coverage of this tragedy.