Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

TEXAS — Hitting newsstands down south on Thursday is a 48-page, double-cover collaborative issue of The Daily Texan and The OU Daily, celebrating the 115th Red River Showdown. On the gridiron, Texas and Oklahoma are the opposite of friendly. But the school's student newspapers worked tirelessly together to create the commemorative issue in time for… Continue reading Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

Penn State’s Collegian stands by editorial criticizing Barstool, despite backlash from fans

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PENNSYLVANIA — Editors at the Daily Collegian are defending a recent editorial criticizing Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy for comments he made toward a Penn State dean. The student journalist who authored the editorial received substantial personal attacks and pushback on social media. How it started The eventual series of conflicts stem from a Sept.… Continue reading Penn State’s Collegian stands by editorial criticizing Barstool, despite backlash from fans

Applications are open for paid spring and summer 2020 journalism internships

Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are more than 30 spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email SPLC reporter Joe Severino to add an internship. Student Press Law Center, (Washington, D.C.) • Journalism Internship — Join our small and scrappy team!… Continue reading Applications are open for paid spring and summer 2020 journalism internships

FIU student newspaper resumes football coverage after resolving access issue

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FLORIDA — Last month, Dalton Tevlin, the sports director at Florida International University’s student newspaper, wrote a scathing column announcing PantherNOW would not be covering the football team at all this upcoming season in response to the school’s athletics communications office repeatedly ignoring reporters' requests for comment. Tevlin said 12 minutes after the Aug. 29… Continue reading FIU student newspaper resumes football coverage after resolving access issue

Rutgers newspaper moving forward without school funding

The Daily Targum’s News Editor Brendan Brightman and Associate News Editor Catherine Nguyen in the newsroom / Photo via Priyanka Bansal

NEW JERSEY — A 150-year-old student newspaper at Rutgers University says it plans to continue publishing despite school funding being cut until at least the 2022-23 academic year.  The Daily Targum faces a referendum every three years where at least 25 percent of Rutgers students must vote to approve funding the newspaper for the following… Continue reading Rutgers newspaper moving forward without school funding

Applications are open for paid spring and summer journalism internships

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Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are more than 30 spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email SPLC reporter Joe Severino to add an internship. Student Press Law Center, (Washington, D.C.)• Journalism Internship — Join our small and scrappy team! The… Continue reading Applications are open for paid spring and summer journalism internships

Ask SPLC: Can we use yearbook photos on social media?

Q: Can we post photos we take for the yearbook or newspaper on a social media page? A: If they are staff-generated photos and not photos taken by a private contractor, yes. A private photo studio will have contractual limits on how its photos can be used, and typically (without a substantial extra charge) they are licensed… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can we use yearbook photos on social media?

A satirical student publication’s free speech rights may have been violated, court says

Cover of the most recent print issue of The Koala, published in 2016

CALIFORNIA — A student-run satirical publication will proceed with its lawsuit against the University of California San Diego now that an appeals court has reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit says that the university may have violated students’ rights to free speech. The… Continue reading A satirical student publication’s free speech rights may have been violated, court says

PODCAST: What the privatization of Florida State University’s athletics department will mean for journalists

The spring 2019 staff of FSView and Florida Flambeau in their newsroom. Photo courtesy of Zach Bethel
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Ginny Bixby: Access to public records can be the key to great journalism, especially at a public university. By examining public records, student journalists gain  information about a school’s operations and hold school officials accountable for their actions.  For student journalists at Florida State University in Tallahassee, covering the athletics department is about to become… Continue reading PODCAST: What the privatization of Florida State University’s athletics department will mean for journalists

Campus police records should be open for public inspection, open-government coalition tells state Supreme Court

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Police who exercise arrest powers at private universities should abide by the same transparency standards as all other law-enforcement agencies, a… Continue reading Campus police records should be open for public inspection, open-government coalition tells state Supreme Court