New Jersey college that fought for adviser wins 2006 College Press Freedom award

A New Jersey collegestudent newspaper that is battling to prevent school administrators from firingtheir faculty adviser because of unfavorable news and editorial coverage abouttheir school has been named the recipient of the 2006 College Press FreedomAward.

The award to the Viking News, the student newspaper atOcean County College in Toms River, N.J., was presented at the AssociatedCollegiate Press/College Media Advisers national convention in St. Louis on Oct.28.

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SPLCView: As an increasing number of advisers are being targeted by theirbosses, miffed that the student newspaper doesn’t look more like the school PRdepartment’s newsletter, the staff of the Viking News and the law firmPepper Hamilton have given the college student press community an importantlegal victory. We extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations!

Case:Coppola v. Larson, Civ. No. 06-2138 (SRC)(D.N.J. July 26, 2006)