Does FERPA prevent me from reporting on a fight between students at my school?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Ask SPLC.” Q: Does FERPA prevent me from reporting on a fight that took place on my campus between two students? A: No. FERPA punishes schools that have a policy or practice of disclosing a student's education records without the… Continue reading Does FERPA prevent me from reporting on a fight between students at my school?

Illinois school district censors student newspaper. Is it a violation of the New Voices law?

The Central Times student newspaper staff / Vivian Zhao

ILLINOIS — A school district censored an article published in a high school newspaper, then locked away the print issues for nearly 24 hours, which students say violated their rights as journalists. The Central Times is the student newspaper at Naperville Central High School in a western suburb of Chicago. The paper’s Editor-in-Chief Vivian Zhao… Continue reading Illinois school district censors student newspaper. Is it a violation of the New Voices law?

A Radford employee stole student newspapers, but the university won’t say who

The Tartan newsroom / Dylan Lepore

UPDATE: An unnamed Radford University employee has been identified by university police as the person who stole campus newspapers from at least four newsstands in September. In a letter to Tartan editor-in-chief Dylan Lepore, Radford University Police Chief David Underwood wrote that a “classified staff employee” was found responsible for stealing papers from four stands.… Continue reading A Radford employee stole student newspapers, but the university won’t say who

Do I need to be a citizen of a state to request records there?

Q: I am hearing rumors that a recently hired school official was fired from his job at a public college in another state and would like to find out more. Do I need to be a citizen of that state to request records? A: In most cases no. The vast majority of states do not require… Continue reading Do I need to be a citizen of a state to request records there?

These newsrooms are accepting spring and summer 2020 internships applications

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Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email SPLC reporter Joe Severino at jseverino@splc.org to add an internship. Student Press Law Center, (Washington, D.C.)• Journalism Internship — Join our small team with an outsized… Continue reading These newsrooms are accepting spring and summer 2020 internships applications

NEWS RELEASE: The Lantern recognized with national award for holding The Ohio State University accountable via public records

Editor-in-Chief Kaylee Harter accepted the Student Press Law Center’s 2018 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award on behalf of Ohio State University's The Lantern. / Photo by Danielle Dieterich

For excellence in pursuing public records that surfaced a controversy involving the university football coaching staff and in another instance taking the university to court for holding back police reports, The Lantern at The Ohio State University is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2018 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award. “The Lantern… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Lantern recognized with national award for holding The Ohio State University accountable via public records

Nina Totenberg talks with SPLC about her career, reporting advice for crowd of student journalists

Nina Totenberg addresses a packed ballroom of student journalists / Photo by Joe Severino

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NPR’s Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg discussed the beginnings of her journalism career, her longtime coverage of the Supreme Court and offered advice to about 1,000 student journalists and advisers in an on-stage conversation with the Student Press Law Center’s Sommer Ingram Dean on Nov. 2. Totenberg, who can be heard… Continue reading Nina Totenberg talks with SPLC about her career, reporting advice for crowd of student journalists

Marty Baron stresses freedom of the press in interview with student journalists

Marty Baron talks journalism with Marissa Payne (left) and Shannon Mason (right) / Photo by Joe Severino

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron discussed the importance of truth, freedom of the press and the future of journalism in an on-stage interview with two student journalists at a 2019 National College Media Convention keynote address. Baron was interviewed by two college journalists who won the opportunity through an essay contest.… Continue reading Marty Baron stresses freedom of the press in interview with student journalists

Is there an age limit for requesting public records?

Q: Is there an age limit for requesting public records under an open records law? A: Currently, Louisiana is the only state that requires a requester be the “age of majority,” which in Louisiana is currently 18. Likewise, there is no age requirement to request federal records under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Every… Continue reading Is there an age limit for requesting public records?

Chapman president apologizes for PR team misleading student newspaper on prior review

(Panther Newsroom / Louisa Marshall)

CALIFORNIA — The president of Chapman University has apologized to its student newspaper for misleading statements made by the school’s public relations team about covering a fundraiser on campus attended by former President George W. Bush. The Panther, an independent weekly student newspaper at Chapman, a private college in Orange, California, had known Bush would… Continue reading Chapman president apologizes for PR team misleading student newspaper on prior review