Covering the rousing parties, philanthropic activities and exclusivity of social fraternities and sororities on campus can be tricky ground for college journalists. Bad press can upset well-connected students and stories of exclusive houses can mold cultural misconceptions. However, the Greek community often plays a significant role on campus and is an important part of campus coverage.
With administrators straying away from interfering directly with students, advisers sometimes become pawns, being forced into an ethical quandary.
Whether in the interest of education, risqué humor or shock value, student newspapers have transcended the health reporting boundaries and ventured into writing Sex and the City-type revelations and sexual exploits. As student writers bump up against some readers’ notions of taste and propriety, these columns and special editions have created their share of controversy.
More than 30 years later and months after the latest round of legal interpretations, open records advocates, elected officials and journalists are questioning FERPA’s application and wondering just how far from the law’s original intent schools are willing to go to shield information from the public.
As the business model for journalism changes with the advent of new technology and more expansive schools of thought, college journalism programs change along with it. Policies implemented to shift, alter or otherwise change the way collegiate student media operates present a path across a legal and ethical minefield for both the students and administrators. Whereas some new policies may border on censorship, others have successfully kept student media afloat in difficult times.
After three revisions, a controversialsports media credential policy from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has been finalized, though media leaders and student journalists remain upset over its restrictive language.
A national journalism organization censured aMaryland university July 23 after the school failed to renew the newspaper andyearbook adviser's contract.
A Maryland university refused to renew a student media adviser's contract after students did not come forward with information they used in a series of stories detailing the misuse of student funds.
A private New York college will have to pay the state $20,000 as well as reform its crime reporting policies as part of a settlement made with the state attorney general's office on June 12.
A former reporter for the student newspaper at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, is denying claims that he fabricated nearly 30 sources in stories spanning nearly a year and a half.