Across the nation college newspapers are either struggling with money or holding steady in a less-than-perfect economy. While college publications try to keep their advertising revenue and readership up to avoid job cuts and losing publication days, commercial newspapers have fallen behind.
In 1969, the Supreme Court established in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District that students have the right to freedom of expression at school as long as their expression does not cause "substantial disruption." But when some colleges and universities tried to govern students' rights, those students took the matter to court and, in some cases, prevailed. These cases did not involve the media, but the court rulings may impact student journalism.
When former editors at the university-sponsored newspaper, the Chronicle, leaped to an independent, online-only newspaper, Quinnipiac University officials in Hamden, Conn., isolated themselves from the student journalists.
From Florida to Texas, newspaper thieves are learning after the first free copy of a newspaper, if they do not pay monetarily, they will pay somehow. But theft prevention tips may help to thwart a thief's plan and save the newspaper money.
The freedom of expression torch once carried by former editors at the Daily Tar Heel was passed to a new editor to ensure that the legacy of the 2005 freedom of expression agreement remains at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But after a new chancellor was named in 2008, the agreement had to be signed again.
The Daily Targum at RutgersUniversity in New Brunswick, N.J., is awaiting a decision on whether studentswill be able to opt-out of paying a $9.75 student activity fee in support of thestudent paper.
The City Collegian at Seattle CentralCommunity College in Washington is not publishing, and explanations differ aboutthe reason.
The Inkwell, the student newspaper atArmstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., will not have to operateon a budget abridged by the Student Government Association after its lawsuitalleging First Amendment retaliation was settled out of court.
After an editorial in the New York Times urged Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Conn., to withdraw a threat to banthe Society of Professional Journalists' campus chapter, Lynn Bushnell,vice president for public affairs at the university, retracted the threat.
A Northern Kentucky University student plansto petition NKU administrators to apologize and revise a policy restricting thedistribution of certain materials during student orientation after the studenthanded out condoms as a form of protest and landed in jail.