For the handful of college newspapers able to attain it, financial independence from the university is often considered the highest guarantee of editorial freedom.
Young journalists with help from legislators, propose anti-Hazelwood bills to restore free press rights.
As mainstream student media across the country fight censorship battleswith their school administrations, alternative publications are popping up insteady numbers in response to their own disfavored symbols of authority 'official student newspapers.
Late last year, Gerian Steven Moore was terminated from his position as adviser to Chicago State University's student newspaper, following what he describes as administrative retaliation for his unwillingness to censor the paper's content.
On Dec. 1 of last year, the University of Washington's Daily doubled the usual size of its Monday edition, but none of the extra column inches included staff-member bylines. Instead, seven full pages were dedicated to reader letters in response to a column printed the prior week.
The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) and the university's student newspaper, the Daily Targum, reached a compromise last week regarding the future of student newspaper subscription fees.
A Texas lawmaker's bill aimed to protect student speech at Texas colleges reached the Higher Education Committee of the state's legislature last Thursday.
The sole journalism professor at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., was denied tenure last week by the school's Board of Trustees, effectively firing her by June.