SPLC appoints new slate of board leaders

Reginald Stuart, an executive with the McClatchy Company who has more than 40 years of experience in the journalism profession, has been elected chairman of the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors.

The Board also unanimously selected as its vice chairman Patrick Carome, a communications and media lawyer based in Washington, D.C., and as treasurer Kevin Corcoran, program director for the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation for Education and a longtime journalist.

High school students, teachers report student media censorship

Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court limited First Amendment protections for high school student journalists, a survey of students and media advisers attending a national journalism convention suggests that censorship in their schools is a common occurrence.

Of the 4,540 students and teachers who attended the National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio, Tex., Nov.

Open-Government Advocates Support Illinois Newspaper’s Appeal Seeking Records of Investigation of College Coaches

The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) and other open-government groups are urging the Illinois Appellate Court to grant journalists access to records of a university’s investigation into sexual harassment claims against coaches and a settlement paid to resolve those claims.

In a brief filed in support of Illinois’ State Journal-Register, the SPLC argues that records documenting official misconduct or the spending of taxpayer money cannot be withheld on the grounds of federal “student privacy” law.

The SPLC filed its friend-of-the-court (“amicus”) brief Jan.