Because of their unique circumstances, community college student journalists are often forced to tackle many issues differently than students at traditional four-year institutions ' from battling with overbearing administration to keeping their papers alive altogether.
In the cases of the more than 7,100 campus newspapers stolen this past year, the circumstances were clear: Free newspapers were removed from stands in overt acts of theft, amounting to thousands of dollars in stolen property. In other situations, it can be unclear what, if any, crime has been committed.
With gay marriage and the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community being debated on the national level, some school administrators seek to limit such speech in the schools, and student journalists are find it tough to report on the issues.
Search warrants, arrests, pepper spray — most student journalists manage to avoid extreme situations involving law enforcement while doing their jobs. However, two college photojournalists recently found themselves in situations that highlighted tensions between the press and the police
A photographer at Pennsylvania StateUniversity's Daily Collegian was cleared of his remaining failureto disperse charge July 22 in a pre-trial motion after he was arrested last fallwhile covering a post-football-game riot.
Administration at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton have asked that the Student Activity Fee Budget Allocation Committee reconvene this summer to allow the West Georgian to represent its request for more funds after an initial proposal to cut the paper's budget.
Staffers of University of California at Riverside's student newspaper remain disappointed after an investigation into the theft of 1,200 to 2,000 copies of the April 21 issue stalled.