Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

Washington's Kathy Schrier, North Dakota's Sue Skalicky, Minnesota's Lori Keekley and Ohio's John Bowen exchange strategies at the Kent State legislative workshop.

Kent State University's journalism school has released video highlights of a symposium that brought together press-freedom advocates from across the country to exchange strategies for effective legislative advocacy. Attendees got an intensive lobbying boot camp from Rebecca Snyder of the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Press Association, who led the successful New Voices of Maryland movement leading to enactment… Continue reading Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

Federal court ruling recognizes students' First Amendment right to make recordings on school grounds

Students have a constitutionally protected right to record the activities of school authorities on school grounds during school time, unless the school shows that recording will be substantially disruptive, a Maine judge decides in a case that could clarify the rights of student newsgatherers everywhere. 

Pennsylvania court ruling strengthens journalists' claim of access to emails and other school, college records

Email messages don't qualify as FERPA "education records" unless they're kept in a student's permanent file, a Pennsylvania judge rules, in a commonsense interpretation that may bolster journalists' access to documents routinely miscategorized as federally protected secrets. 

Pittsburg Steel: High school journalists' investigative feat fuels calls for legal reforms — everywhere except Indiana

Commentators say the nationally acclaimed reporting of high-school journalists aided by Kansas' Student Publications Act should convince legislators elsewhere to join the growing movement to protect the independence of school-produced journalism.

A Texas student reflects on hitting the Hazelwood ceiling

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Freedom of speech, yet we are limited.… Continue reading A Texas student reflects on hitting the Hazelwood ceiling