Whether your school plans to have classes in-person, remotely or a hybrid system this semester, we encourage you to create a class / publication policy about in-person reporting. A simple policy can give clarity and set expectations for your students at the start of the school year. SPLC crafted the following suggested language to guide… Continue reading Guidance on creating a policy about reporting in-person during COVID-19
Category: Legal guides
Countering COVID-related FERPA objections
Many times administrators cite FERPA as a reason to restrict access to information which the public is entitled to receive. During the pandemic, we see FERPA being used inappropriately to deny important information to student media. SPLC has developed the letter below for you to download and send (or give) to administrators when they misapply FERPA… Continue reading Countering COVID-related FERPA objections
Naming names: Identifying minors
A discussion of the legal and ethical issues concerning publishing minor names and photos in student media.
Work for hire? A guide to the legal issues involved when student journalists become ‘employees’
Each day throughout the country, thousands of college students show up for work at the newsroom or the broadcast station.