The process for how this scoop came to be wasn’t much different for Managing Editor Andrew Howard, who said by sticking to their reporting instincts, The State Press could get the story first.
In four states, student journalists outnumber journalists from professional outlets assigned to the statehouse full-time, where they ensure citizens have access to information about how the state spends their tax dollars and decisions on education, criminal justice and safety regulations.
Isabelle Murray, the impeached Tempe Undergraduate Student Government senator, spoke to a reporter of The State Press, the student newspaper at the university, earlier in October about a bill she was working on regarding black face paint at football games.
A Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman has been reassigned after a heated e-mail correspondence with an Arizona State University journalism professor over whether journalism students should be allowed to cover the office’s news conferences.
About 1,800 copies of the student newspaper at Arizona State University at the West campus disappeared from news stands Nov. 1, and editors suspect the theft is connected to satirical photos published in the issue.
An Arizona State University student organization is suing the school after it says the university used insurance requirements to limit the group’s freedom of speech.
Student media advisers at the affected state universities -- Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona -- said the footnote will not have an impact on the papers at their schools because they say they do not currently receive state money.