Law of the Student Press, Third Edition (2008)



It’s been almost 15 years — and hundreds of new court cases, laws and regulations later — since the last edition. Now, after more than five years of research and work, the Student Press Law Center is proud to announce the publication of the third edition of Law of the Student Press. At 416 pages, this new edition is more than 50 percent bigger and includes extensive updates and dozens of new topics, including answers to questions you’re likely to find nowhere else. For example:

  • Can student media lawfully publish student names and/or photos — in either print or online media — without parental permission?
  • Can student journalists scan a CD cover to illustrate a music review?
  • Do school officials have authority to punish students for their off-campus, private Web sites or blogs?
  • Can school officials force student journalists to reveal their confidential sources?
  • Who owns the copyright to material produced by students and published in student media?
  • What has been the impact of the Columbine High School tragedy in regulating “threatening” or “violent” student speech?
  • What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Morse v. Frederick (Bong Hits 4 Jesus) on student media?
  • Does federal law require school officials to obtain parental permission before allowing student media to distribute student-initiated surveys to their classmates?
  • What is the one thing that advisers should never ask their student reporters?
  • Is Hazelwood creeping onto America’s college campuses?
  • What is the single most important thing high school student journalists can do to win a censorship battle?
  • How can reporters find out how much their public or private college spent on travel for the football team last year?
  • Can student newspapers run an ad from a childless couple seeking a baby? How about alchol ads?
  • What is the legal status of charter schools?
  • . . . And much, much more, including detailed case studies for most topics for newsroom/classroom use and discussion.

Since 1984, Law of the Student Press, the Student Press Law Center’s flagship publication, has been the nation’s most-used, most-trusted and the only comprehensive resource on the legal issues affecting America’s student media.

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