The Student Press Law Center requested records from 30 private universities' police forces across the country. The vast majority were unwilling to part with the records, showing a hole in public access in higher education.
A lack of diversity in student media sparks frustration, debates across the country
As debates centering around diversity and the media at Wesleyan University and Missouri University gain national attention, minority journalists hope something will change.
Yak flak: How should schools respond to students' anonymous speech?
New technology means new worries. Schools are grappling with how to respond to students' anonymous speech in the Yik Yak era.
Facing print cutback decisions, college papers look to restructure
At least 10 college newspapers have cut back on print days this semester — but they have all found different ways to approach the transition into a sharper focus online.
In Texas, access delayed: Public records appeal process invites abuse
Texas law starts with the assumption that a requestor is owed records within 10 days. But asking the attorney general for an opinion stops the clock and can push the agency’s response time back by a month-and-a-half — which makes the process vulnerable to manipulation by an agency seeking to run out the clock on a deadline-sensitive request.
Active voice: SPLC project strives to empower women in student media
Nabiha Syed, a media attorney for Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, and a member of SPLC’s Board of Directors, introduced Active Voice, an SPLC project that aims to help young women who face challenges in speaking out.
Protections inconsistent for student journalists who withhold names of sources
Most journalists avoid using anonymous sources, with many schools discouraging it in nearly all situations. But student journalists often find that the only way to attack controversial or sensitive — but significant — issues in schools, is to turn to anonymous sources.
Muting the airwaves: As colleges sell off their radio stations, student deejays grapple with their identities in the digital age
College radio stations, home to aspiring broadcast journalists and deejays, have reached an existential crisis — whether or not terrestrial radio, or analog, benefits their organizations any longer.
Marijuana still sensitive topic at many schools even as states move to legalize
Prompted by the legalization of recreational marijuana use in two states, students are more interested than ever in writing about the subject. Many, though, still encounter hurdles when reporting on the drug.
Censorship takes the stage: Topical plays draw criticism from officials
After administrators put student productions of “Rent,” “Sweeney Todd” on the chopping block due to sensitive subjects, students and dramatists push back, defending the importance of theater.