Ride-alongs with police officers can be effective in giving reporter's an insider's view of the police department and its operations, but there are ethical and legal considerations student journalists should be aware of before embarking on one.
Although it has been three years since Ocean County College settled a First Amendment lawsuit brought by three student journalists, former staff members claim most of the settlement terms were never met.
College journalists are accustomed to facing angry letters, nasty e-mails and dirty looks from the campus officials they cover. But lately, some have been faced with a much more intimidating response to their newsgathering: disciplinary charges before student conduct boards.
Budget problems are hitting college newspapers hard, and the motives behind them are sometimes ambiguous, with money woes used as a smokescreen for penalizing editorial content.
Two Centre County judges have overturnedexpungement orders directed at The Daily Collegian at Pennsylvania StateUniversity and The Centre Daily Times that would require them to removeonline content from their archives.
In an attempt to expunge information about criminalcharges relating to five local defendants, two Centre County judges signedorders commanding two newspapers to delete archived stories about thedefendants.
When Michael Koretzky was fired from his 12-year positionas the adviser of Florida Atlantic University's student newspaper, itsparked tensions between the University Press and FAU's StudentAffairs department.
Photojournalist David Morse will be receiving photos confiscated from him by the police after a judge ruled last week that University of California-Berkeley police who searched his camera in December did so illegally.Morse was covering a demonstration outside of the chancellor's residence for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, or Indybay, when law enforcement officials arrested him.
Students at Albemarle High School inCharlottesville received the last issue of their newspaper two weeks later thanscheduled after an editorial prompted school officials to destroy the originalcopies.
As a student journalist at Princeton University, Elena Kagan demonstrated abelief that First Amendment freedoms were a non-negotiable component of auniversity with a rigorous intellectual atmosphere.