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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?

NEWS RELEASE: “Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Utah couriers of democracy who launched a news website after their school censored them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2018 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org For their ingenuity and daring to publish a story about the firing of a popular teacher on a website they created after it was censored from their newspaper, Conor Spahr and Max Gordon are the recipients of the 2018… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: “Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Utah couriers of democracy who launched a news website after their school censored them

NEWS RELEASE: The Southwestern College Sun recognized with national award for holding law enforcement agencies accountable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT 27, 2018 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org For doggedly exposing controversies involving campus and local police, The Southwestern College Sun is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award. “The culture at The Sun is to speak truth to… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Southwestern College Sun recognized with national award for holding law enforcement agencies accountable

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?

November is a big month for internship deadlines; apply now!

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Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.) Reporting internship – Interns will report on 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 with researching, writing… Continue reading November is a big month for internship deadlines; apply now!

Student media guide to publishing political ads

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Political advertisements in student newspapers have become more common over the last decade, as local candidates acknowledge the importance student press play in their communities. Chris Richert is president of the College Media Business and Advertising Managers, Inc. and the general manager for The State Newsat Michigan State University, East Lansing. Richert has seen a… Continue reading Student media guide to publishing political ads

Ask SPLC: Can I use a popular song for a video?

Q:We are putting together a highlight reel of our football team's season that we'll show on our school's cable student TV station. Can we use Queen's song "We Will Rock You" as background music? A: Unfortunately no.  The general rule is that if you've not created a copyrighted work yourself you must either obtain prior explicit… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can I use a popular song for a video?