The media’s role of covering government -- from exposing scandal to highlighting when they get it right -- is so well-accepted, the media is often called “the fourth estate.” However, lack of clear legal guidance can hinder that same check at the college and high school levels. While student governments have been found to fall under open-records laws in some states, many of these bodies evade mandatory scrutiny, despite having some of the same decision-making, money-moving powers as their adult-world counterparts.
Reader comment boards invite a cornucopia of opinions, from the well-informed to the ignorant. Student media publish in a campus echo chamber, where rumors can spread virally.
A James Madison University student journalist's run-in with the law is only one of the many photographers around the nation -- amateur and professional -- are confronting.
The police department at Purdue University wants to strengthen its relationship with the campus newspaper after a recent run-in between an officer and a student journalist.
A community college student newspaper staff fears its funding will be cut because of an investigative series on student government corruption.
Police continue to investigate last week's theft of approximately 4,000 copies of the University of North Florida's student newspaper.
Eight news organizations sued the University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday for access to athletic records deniedto them under a federal student privacy law.
The Department of Education is investigatingwhether Marshall University failed to report serious campus crimes as requiredby federal law.
The Kentucky Kernel came to a compromise onSaturday with University of Kentucky officials over distribution at CommonwealthStadium.
Despite a University of Kentucky distribution ban,the independent student newspaper will continue to hand out papers at thisweekend's homecoming football game.