October 2018: Should student media endorse political candidates?

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Madison Dudley: The 2018 midterm elections are November 6 and student media organizations across the country are contemplating whether or not to endorse political candidates. Opinions are split. Some publications don’t want to persuade the votes of their audience or be seen as biased because of endorsements. Some argue that the 2016 presidential election showed… Continue reading October 2018: Should student media endorse political candidates?

SEPTEMBER 2018: LEGAL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

When students accuse administrators of censorship it puts advisers in a sticky situation. Many want to help their students but can’t because of their status as a school employee. employee. Student newsrooms are also being financially squeezed by the emergence of  copyright traps, where a photo grabbed online in violation of copyright can cost student… Continue reading SEPTEMBER 2018: LEGAL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

AUGUST 2018: REPORTING ON SECRET HIRING OF ADMINISTRATORS

Hiring processes for university administrators are becoming more secretive and harder to cover. Some state laws allow schools to keep the names of candidates confidential until the very end of the process. This raises concerns about transparency and leaves students, faculty and staff in the dark. This month SPLC reporter Monica Kast talks to student… Continue reading AUGUST 2018: REPORTING ON SECRET HIRING OF ADMINISTRATORS

July 2018: Reporting on sexual assault

Sexual assault is one of the hardest topics to report on, but also one of the most consequential. On this month's podcast, we talk with students and legal experts about how to find and use records to cover this issue. “The System” by Indiana Daily Student: http://bit.ly/2L8ebUf “How universities do, and don't, inform the public… Continue reading July 2018: Reporting on sexual assault

June 2018: Covering Howardgate

Howard University erupted in turmoil after an anonymous Medium article revealed evidence of a massive, nine-year embezzlement scandal in which six Howard University financial aid employees stole one million dollars through skimming money off student grants. We sat down with the Jazmin Goodwin, the editor-in-chief of Howard’s student paper, The Hilltop to talk about how… Continue reading June 2018: Covering Howardgate

May 2018: SPLC reporters talk about reporting on concussions, sexual assault

Student Press Law Center reporters Gabriel Greschler and Taylor Potter spent the last few months working on two stories detailing the issues student reporters face when covering both sexual assault and concussions. In this month’s podcast, the two talk about their experiences and takeaways from their reporting. Sexual assault story. Concussions story.Hello everyone, this is… Continue reading May 2018: SPLC reporters talk about reporting on concussions, sexual assault

March 2018: Experts share tools and ideas for reporting on DACA

Three experts joined the Student Press Law Center and the Education Writers Association for a webinar on understanding how to report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The Chronicle of Higher Education Senior Writer Katherine Mangan, Education Week staff writer Corey Mitchell and immigration lawyer Dina Francesca Haynes explained some story… Continue reading March 2018: Experts share tools and ideas for reporting on DACA

February 2018 Podcast: Richard “Dick” Prince on the need for newsroom diversity

We speak with Richard "Dick" Prince about his origins as a reporter, going up against the Washington Post in the 1970s, and why newsrooms need to become more diverse. Prince’s column is at journal-isms.com. He also writes for theroot.com. Long-form story about the Metro Seven: bit.ly/2s8CSUd Yes, it’s a huge deal to have a black… Continue reading February 2018 Podcast: Richard “Dick” Prince on the need for newsroom diversity

October 2017 Podcast: Freedom of the Press Foundation Executive Director Trevor Timm talks digital security for student journalists

We speak with Trevor Timm, a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit which works to protect journalists and their sources by offering free, open source digital security tools. Further reading on the incident where Harvard searched through student deans' email accounts to find the source of a… Continue reading October 2017 Podcast: Freedom of the Press Foundation Executive Director Trevor Timm talks digital security for student journalists