In four states, student journalists outnumber journalists from professional outlets assigned to the statehouse full-time, where they ensure citizens have access to information about how the state spends their tax dollars and decisions on education, criminal justice and safety regulations.
Author: Anna Schiffbauer
Nontraditional focus: Student newspapers grapple with a shifting demographic
With added responsibilities and differing life experiences, nontraditional students — a growing population — often feel they are not well represented in their student newspaper. When nontraditional students join the newspaper staff, however, they are often able to broaden the organization’s news coverage.
Active voice: SPLC project strives to empower women in student media
Nabiha Syed, a media attorney for Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, and a member of SPLC’s Board of Directors, introduced Active Voice, an SPLC project that aims to help young women who face challenges in speaking out.
Reversing district court decision, appeals court rules in favor of former Mississippi student punished for posting rap song online
An appeals court has reversed a district court’s 2012 decision that found a school district could suspend a student who uploaded to the internet a profanity-filled rap song alleging two staff members had inappropriate contact with students.
N.M. high school teacher resigns after student’s story about Jesus giving out marijuana stirs controversy
Katrina Guarascio, who taught for eight years at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, said she resigned on Dec. 3 because she didn’t agree with administrators’ “ultimatum” for her to develop stricter plans and discipline for her classes.
CUNY journalism student arrested while covering protest over Eric Garner’s choking death
A journalism student at the City University of New York faces a disorderly conduct charge after police arrested her Wednesday night at a protest over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.
Supreme Court hears social media threats case
In the case Elonis v. United States, the Supreme Court will determine if a conviction for threatening another person on social media requires proof of the speaker’s subjective intent to threaten.
Student journalists arrested for covering Ferguson protests
A student photojournalist at Tufts University was arrested Tuesday and charged with disturbing the peace while he was on assignment at a Boston rally where students protested a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Amid academic scandal, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student paper joins suit for employee disciplinary records
The news organizations’ lawsuit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, aims to declare disciplinary and current personnel records are public and compel the university to open the records for examination.
Framingham State U. police question students about comments, news story about ‘domestic violence’ Halloween costume
A Framingham State University student plans to file a Title IX complaint against campus police after officers “threatened” her during an investigation into cyberbullying allegations.