Students and civil rights groups have protested the lack of due process protections in universities’ student conduct process. For journalists, that can leave them vulnerable to frivolous charges from irate sources.
Author: Samantha Sunne
Drone journalists find themselves flying in cloudy legal space
The Federal Aviation Administration has been cracking down on unregulated drone usage, but many journalists aren’t letting that stop them. It could be years though, before some are allowed to fly legally.
Utah SPJ chapter files brief opposing school district's use of FERPA
Copies of footage from surveillance cameras are not confidential educational records, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah chapter says. Canyons School District didn’t agree, but the SPJ hopes the Utah Court of Appeals will.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee student sues school, alleging public records violations
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student is suing the university, alleging it failed to comply with the state’s public records law when it cited inordinately high labor costs and withheld documents relating to a university employee who is also a student.
Ninth Circuit upholds advertising ban in public broadcasting
In an opinion released this week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld broad restrictions on advertising in public broadcasting, including over-the-air student-run broadcast stations.
Iowa community college newspaper under investigation — but not sure why
Students and their adviser at The Calumet have found themselves in a defensive position this month, but they don’t know against what and they don’t know against whom. Editor Molly Willson said Muscatine Community College’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action officer contacted her and other staff members for information about an article The Calumet published last month.
University of Alaska Fairbanks student newspaper under investigation following sexual harassment claims
The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ investigation of the student newspaper, The Sun Star, is undergoing outside review following a complaint that the newspaper is guilty of sexual harassment.
Lariat's entire press run goes missing
The Saddleback College Lariat is distributing its papers late today after a pretty significant setback: Every single one of its 4,000 print issues disappeared last night.
Tip pays off for Richmond student journalists
As journalists will tell you, anonymous emails often don’t lead to good stories. As University of Richmond students Katie Conklin and Richard Arnett will tell you, this one did.
Kansas editors suspect newspaper theft after racks empty unusually quickly
Last month, newspapers disappeared from The Crusader’s racks at an unheard-of rate, giving staff the suspicion that someone was stealing copies. In just a few hours, staff had to resupply the racks four or five times, the college's new media director said.