Station break: Educational broadcasters can get some relief from the FCC — but only if they let students run the show

College broadcast stations that commit minor paperwork lapses, such as failure to keep a complete licensure file on-site for public inspection, have been socked with fines as high as $9,000 in recent years -- fines that can exceed the annual operating budget for the entire station.

TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Get dialed into what’s behind the sale of your college radio station

From Boise to Sioux Falls, student-run college radio stations are going on the auction block, a casualty of tight campus budgets that at times is rationalized by reference to declining listenership and the availability of online-only broadcasting alternatives.If your college radio station gets sold without advance warning -- especially if you are at a state institution that must obey public-records laws -- then it's time to go into document-gathering mode.First, find out whether your state has a law governing colleges and universities that requires competitive bidding before valuable state assets, such as the license and equipment of a radio station, are sold.

College radio stations declare “moment of silence” to mark the “death” of independent student voices on the airwaves

Critics sometimes bemoan the "sameness" of programming across the over-the-air radio dial, but for one minute on Thursday, listeners truly will hear exactly the same thing whether they are in Missouri or Maryland or Michigan: The sound of silence.Not the Simon and Garfunkel classic, either.

This month’s SPLC podcast: Mississippi court allows broadcast of leaked footage shot inside juvenile prison

A persistent misperception that hampers journalists’ ability to do their jobs – one that many journalists themselves share – is that it’s against the law to publish images and information about minors without parental consent.One of the sources of this myth is journalists’ own practice of voluntarily concealing the identities of child subjects.

This is a big #$%&@-ing deal – federal appeals court strikes down FCC’s “fleeting expletives” rule

Setting up a showdown at the Supreme Court that could topple the 32-year-old "seven dirty words" standard for broadcast indecency, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday that the First Amendment prohibited the Federal Communications Commission from fining television stations for "fleeting expletives" blurted out on their broadcasts.The 3-0 ruling in Fox Television Stations, Inc. v.

At UCSD, the remedy for bad speech is … no speech?

The SPLC's Adam Goldstein, in his debut blog on the Huffington Post's new collegiate media site, offers a provocative take on why the University of California-San Diego may be violating the First Amendment in its response to the racially offensive remarks of a few judgment-impaired campus agitators.Staff members of The Koala -- a no-holds-barred humor publication that perennially pushes the boundaries of good taste -- exacerbated campus tensions over some fraternity jokesters' racially themed cookout, by making sport of the controversy (including, reportedly, using the n-word) during a campus television broadcast.In response, the president of UCSD's student government, in an action ratified last week by  the Student Senate, impounded funding for all student media -- impacting some 30 media outlets, most entirely unconnected with The Koala -- to compel their editors to agree to a civil-speech code as a condition for continued funding.On Friday, University of California President Mark G.