School board disavows sex story

VIRGINIA -- The Danville School Board stopped short of censoring\nan article in a high school newspaper about the dangers of oral\nsex, instead inserting a letter into the issue saying it did not\nsupport the way the students covered the story.

The board also made editors change the names of students quoted\nin several stories, but it backed down from its threat to change\nthe content of the stories.

The April 9 edition of the Chatterbox, the student newsmagazine\nat George Washington High School, was distributed a month after\nits original publication date with a letter from the school board\nstating that it did not "agree with the manner in which the\nsubject matter of this issue has been presented."

The Chatterbox has a long history of covering controversial\ntopics and had recently raised the ire of school officials for\nhighlighting dilapidated school facilities, according to Chatterbox\nadviser Marie Harris.

Harris said the school board's assertion that it only disagreed\nwith the article's wording and not the subject was just a cover\nto shield bad publicity.

"Behind the scenes, they just didn't like all these stories\nbecause they wanted nothing out there that said kids have any\nproblems that the school board couldn't eliminate," she said.

The board ordered students to change the names of several students\nquoted in a story about interracial dating, saying hate groups\nwould harass students who were identified in the article.

Officials turn up heat on culinary students

MARYLAND -- Five students at a small, private culinary school in Baltimore recently found themselves in hot water with school administrators after they published an editorial criticizing one of the school's recruitment fliers in the student newsletter.

The flier -- aimed at attracting students to summer classes at Baltimore International College -- features a bikini-clad woman holding a plate of piping-hot 'buns' and encourages students to 'Bake your buns at BIC.'

The student newsletter published an editorial describing the recruitment flier as 'tawdry, despicable and loathsome.'

The editorial criticized the administration for allowing the advertisement to be published, claiming it negatively represents female students and casts the college in a poor light.

Principal censors school violence story

ILLINOIS -- The Devils' Advocate had been quietly turning out stories\nabout teenage concerns like binge drinking and homosexuality,\na measure of a committed staff and an experienced adviser.

But it was not until the principal at Hinsdale Central High\nSchool decided to nix an issue of the paper that they received\nnational attention and thousands of readers-one fortunate outcome\nof the paper's first incident of censorship in more than 30 years\nas a highly respected school newspaper.

Nearing the second anniversary of the shooting at Columbine\nHigh School in Littleton, Colo., the Advocate staff compiled student,\nstaff and community feelings about school violence.

Council guts funding for newspaper

COLORADO -- The board of trustees at the University of Northern Colorado has voted to completely eliminate funding for the university's student newspaper -- a move the newspaper's staff has dubbed a retaliation against the paper's editorial content.

The trustees gave final approval in June to a proposal from the Student Representative Council to deny The Mirror's request for close to $75,000 from the university.

The elimination of university funding for the upcoming year would result in a 29 percent decrease in the newspaper's total budget, which Mirror adviser Paula Cobler said will have serious implications for the paper.

Pictures of cheerleader, same-sex kiss spark yearbook controversies

Lesson for yearbook editors: Never leave out the picture of the\nschool's cheerleading captain.

Especially if her father is a lawyer.

Student editors and school officials at Satellite High School\nin Florida learned that lesson when the father of one of the school's\ncheerleading captains sought a court order to stop the yearbook's\ndistribution until his daughter's picture could be added to the\nteam page.

A Brevard County judge declined to grant the injunction, but\nthe Scorpio staff decided to correct the yearbook with stickers\nbearing the girl's picture rather than risk a further delay in\ndistribution.

The problem began when the pictures of two cheerleaders who\nwere incorrectly identified as cheerleading captains were displayed\non the team page while the photo of the true captain, Christie\nWilliams, was omitted.

Graduate student contests review board’s authority to approve journalism research

MISSOURI -- A graduate student's challenge to a university policy that requires prior approval for research on human subjects has focused attention on what some describe as an unfair governmental check on journalists' First Amendment rights.

This spring, Michael Carney, a journalism masters student at the University of Missouri at Columbia, became the first to challenge a university policy requiring research projects to gain the approval of a federally mandated institutional review board.

The review board exists to ensure that all research on human subjects is conducted with certain standards in mind.