A press pass is the ticket to successfully covering sports news for any college media outlet. But restrictions attached to passes by athletic conferences have caused concern among journalists.
The First Amendment protects the freedom of the student press at public colleges across the country, but private institutions operate under a different set of rules -- they are not under the same constitutional obligation to allow any type of speech or any freedom of the press on campus. Some student journalists at private colleges have found ways to protect themselves, though.
Students, advisers and administrators engage in confrontations every day about the limits of free speech for student journalists. Students and advisers often must act bravely, putting their reputations and even careers on the line in the name of press freedom. And yet, despite courageous efforts, those involved in conflicts over First Amendment issues rarely receive the attention deserved for their heroism in defending principles of free speech.
Lucrative nature of high school sports leads to limitations on news media
The University of Maryland's Board of Regents hasdecided not to implement a proposed "porn policy" thatwould have required films screened on campus for entertainment purposes to havean educational element.
James Madison University has dropped the majorityof the charges brought against two school newspaper employees who faceddiscipline after entering a dorm to gather news.
A student journalist at the University ofMississippi, who was arrested while taking pictures of police on campus, said hewill plead not guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct when he goes to courtnext week.
The Free Flow of Information Act, a federalshield law bill that would protect journalists from having to revealconfidential information, is set to move one step closer to becoming law when itis considered Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Judicial Affairs Office at James MadisonUniversity in Harrionsburg, Va., informed students today it intends to go aheadwith disciplinary proceedings against two student journalists for their effortsin reporting a story for JMU's paper, The Breeze.
The University of Maryland is seeking input fromstudents on a new "porn policy," which the school's Board ofRegents plans to vote on Friday, Oct. 23. Some students feel the restrictions in the policy would infringe upon their First Amendment rights.