University of North Alabama President addresses censure over ousted student media adviser

The Flor-Ala media adviser Scott Morris and members of The Flor-Ala staff were in New York to attend a journalism conference.

12/10/2018 UPDATE: The President of the University of North Alabama, Kenneth Kitts, called College Media Association's censure an “effort to conflate an academic decision… with an attack on the First Amendment.” Kitts' Dec. 6 statement to the UNA faculty senate said CMA’s censure has given rise to “sensational headlines” about the university and its administration,… Continue reading University of North Alabama President addresses censure over ousted student media adviser

SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

An Arkansas school district censored a high school student newspaper, halted its publication and put it under a prior review policy in response to an investigative story and editorial about the transfer of six football players to a rival high school. The Har-Ber Herald's story was factual and reflected thorough reporting, including the use of… Continue reading SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

Meet the South Dakota student pushing state legislators for student press freedom

The story is from The Lead, a weekly newsletter for student journalists in college and high school, created by Taylor Blatchford. Subscribe here. Only 14 states have laws protecting press freedom for student journalists, and Gage Gramlick hopes to make South Dakota the 15th. Gage is a senior at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls,… Continue reading Meet the South Dakota student pushing state legislators for student press freedom

Paid journalism internships in reporting, radio, video and more are open now

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December 3 Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.) Spring 2019 Reporting internship – Interns will report breaking news on complex legal topics with longer-form storytelling on SPLC.org, its social media platforms, and thrice-yearly magazine. Interns will work on multiple stories concurrently. Most will center on the intersection of law, journalism, and education. Interns will help… Continue reading Paid journalism internships in reporting, radio, video and more are open now

Hundreds of issues of the Maroon-News stolen, members of swim team found responsible

Hundreds of copies of the Colgate University student newspaper, the Maroon-News were stolen in October. The Maroon-News / Mara Stein

NEW YORK —  Hundreds of copies of the Maroon-News, the student newspaper at Colgate University — which contained a front page story about the men's swimming and diving team being suspended for hazing —  have been stolen. The paper was distributed on the Hamilton campus on Oct. 18, and the next day stacks were missing… Continue reading Hundreds of issues of the Maroon-News stolen, members of swim team found responsible

Ask SPLC: Can I use an illegally recorded conversation?

Q: If a source provides me with an illegally recorded conversation or other piece of documentation illegally obtained, can I use the information in my article? A: It depends. If you and your media outlet did not ask your source to obtain the material illegally or otherwise take part in its acquisition, and if you received the… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can I use an illegally recorded conversation?

Ask SPLC: Can I use a photo I pulled from Google if I Photoshop it?

Q: Can we take pictures of celebrities from the internet and Photoshop students into them without violating copyright law? A: Probably not, unless you have a license from the photographer to alter the image, or if the image is in the public domain. Using Photoshop (or any other program) to change an image does not excuse… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can I use a photo I pulled from Google if I Photoshop it?

Should student journalists endorse political candidates?

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In the frenzy of news coverage leading up to an election, student journalists have to answer the question; to endorse, or not to endorse? The practice of candidate endorsement for student government, local, state and national offices has been debated in newsrooms in recent years. Some student newsrooms see the issue in black and white:… Continue reading Should student journalists endorse political candidates?