Most journalists avoid using anonymous sources, with many schools discouraging it in nearly all situations. But student journalists often find that the only way to attack controversial or sensitive — but significant — issues in schools, is to turn to anonymous sources.
Author: Dani Kass
Advocating for student rights for 40 years
As the SPLC celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Executive Director Frank LoMonte said there are too many goals he needs to reach before he can even consider stopping. He said he wants to focus on larger policy issues which would allow student journalists across the country to do their jobs with fewer barriers.
Nightly purge of Pennsylvania Department of Education emails condemned
Staff members of the Pennsylvania Department of Education "delete and cleanse" their emails each night, a policy which the state's Office of Open Records and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association have condemned.
North Carolina congressman introduces act to exempt student workers from Affordable Care Act
In the latest issue of The Report, the SPLC explored the uncertainty facing student journalists following the implementation of the the Affordable Care Act. The Act would require any employer with more than 50 full-time workers or equivalents to offer health insurance to employees who average 30 hours per week, or pay a fine, beginning in 2016. News, however, doesn't always understand time restrictions, and neither do student journalists.
After criticism, UVA Board of Visitors reverses course on policy that would limit members' public speech
Following outcry that it stifles public debate, the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia is scrapping their first draft of a code of ethics policy that would have forbidden members from publicly disagreeing with board decisions.
North Dakota State University foundation is a public entity, state attorney general rules
A private foundation whose “sole purpose and function” is to support North Dakota State University is a public entity subject to public open record laws, the state attorney general ruled Monday.
California appeals court says school district can redact teachers’ names in test score data
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not have to release the names of individual teachers in records about teacher performance, a California appeals court ruled July 23.
Judge orders search warrants, 911 calls to be unsealed in UNC homicide investigation
After nearly two years, a Wake County Superior Court judge unsealed search warrants and 911 calls related to the homicide of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student.
Neshaminy principal meets with students after confiscating newspapers
Neshaminy High School’s principal questioned all 21 editors at The Playwickian this week asking who made the decision to print a newspaper that didn’t pass his prior review.
Minnesota student suspended for a tweet about a teacher sues school district, police chief
A student who was suspended from his high school for a sarcastic tweet filed a lawsuit against his Minnesota school district Tuesday.