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Newspaper theft in 2019: 8,500+ issues stolen, trashed in 13 incidents

Editor’s Note: If you’ve experienced a newspaper theft this year, or if one ever occurs in the future, email Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org to report it. At least 8,500 copies of student newspapers at colleges in the United States were reported stolen, trashed or destroyed in 2019. In November alone, thefts were reported at County… Continue reading Newspaper theft in 2019: 8,500+ issues stolen, trashed in 13 incidents

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“How long are we going to wait?” Editor-in-Chief criticizes Radford’s newspaper theft investigation

UPDATE: Dylan Lepore, editor-in-chief of The Tartan, wrote a letter to Radford University President Brian Hemphill on Student Press Freedom Day voicing his disapproval for how the university handled its investigation into the theft of 1,000 newspapers in fall 2019. Lepore criticized Radford police’s decision not to charge the employee found responsible for stealing several racks… Continue reading “How long are we going to wait?” Editor-in-Chief criticizes Radford’s newspaper theft investigation

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No criminal charges filed after VCU student government members trashed 875 copies of The Commonwealth Times

UPDATE: No criminal charges are being filed after 13 newsstands were emptied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  On Feb. 26, 2020, members of VCU’s Student Government Association were seen trashing copies of The Commonwealth Times that included an article detailing ongoing conflicts within SGA. According to a statement by the VCU Police Department, detectives… Continue reading No criminal charges filed after VCU student government members trashed 875 copies of The Commonwealth Times

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Campus police officer in Ohio fired after trashing student newspapers

OHIO — A campus police officer has been fired after being caught on tape trashing issues of The Chimes student newspaper at Capital University, a private university just outside of Columbus. Surveillance footage showed Capital Public Safety Officer Ryan George removing a stack of the Oct. 24 issue of the Chimes from a newsstand outside… Continue reading Campus police officer in Ohio fired after trashing student newspapers

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NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center demands remedial actions for stolen issues of Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2020 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org The Student Press Law Center joins Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in calling for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Government Association to rectify a newspaper theft and recommit to upholding student journalists’ First Amendment rights. Addressed to SGA President Breanna… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center demands remedial actions for stolen issues of Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper

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FAU student newspapers detailing alleged rape by quarterback found in trash

FLORIDA — Kristen Grau walked by a University Press newspaper stand and knew something wasn’t right. Every copy was gone, even the display piece. In the trash bin only feet from the stand, Grau found the newspapers under only a few pieces of garbage. The cover story of this particular issue includes a detailed account… Continue reading FAU student newspapers detailing alleged rape by quarterback found in trash

Newspaper theft resources

Newspaper theft is a crime. Even in the online/digital age, theft of physical newspapers continues to be an appalling form of censorship. Each year student publications across the country fall victim to thieves whose intent is to prevent the dissemination of news, information and opinion with which they disagree. While most high school and college… Continue reading Newspaper theft resources

Newspaper theft checklist

Before a Theft Include a price tag. In lieu of a price, include language such as the following on your flag: “Single copies free.” In your masthead and rate card include additional information indicating that single copies are free to members of the school community. Also indicate that multiple copies may be available for purchase… Continue reading Newspaper theft checklist

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Admissions staff conceal copies of student newspapers after front page story about hazmat incident

Admissions staffers weren’t happy with the front page story run by the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s student newspaper, the Mass Media, during a welcome day earlier this month. The newspaper had reported about a hazmat scare in the dorms that led to a resident being taken to the hospital on a stretcher. Admissions staff, concerned about… Continue reading Admissions staff conceal copies of student newspapers after front page story about hazmat incident