Whether it is called a media board, a publication board or a board of directors, the external group that governs a college student newspaper chooses either to protect or ignore the free-press rights of student journalists.
People are turning to the Internet in increasing numbers to express their views on a range of issues and, with a click of the mouse, sending information to an audience the size of the world.
The principal said allowing the Gay Straight Alliance to be in the Rebelation would violate an Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District policy that requires the school to “take a neutral stance on homosexuality.”
Lawrence, along with four other editors and the adviser of The Tangerine, said they left the newspaper last semester in fear that the creation of a media board would lead to the school having control over the paper’s content.
\nILLINOIS -- A lawsuit filed against a student photojournalist could be decided based on whether the court believes he gained consent from a model.
\nIn June, a nude figure model sued Columbia College in Chicago and its student-run magazine, claiming her privacy was violated when she was photographed for an article without providing her consent.
At West High School in Billings, more than 900 copies of the yearbook were handed out to students before administrators halted distribution because of a cartoon about that school year’s teacher strike.
Celebrations over a ruling that upheld college journalists’ rights came to a halt in June when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out its earlier pro-college press decision regarding the Governors State University newspaper and decided to rehear the case.
Students at Westfield High School can now distribute literature before or after class without fear of reproach, due to the June settlement of a lawsuit filed by six students who were suspended for handing out religious-themed candy canes.
Wen three students at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls emptied newspaper distribution bins all across campus and left ransom notes proclaiming themselves as the “Army of the Flying Squirrel,” the university took the act seriously.
When two high school journalists reported on a teacher’s relationship with a Hollywood actor, they quickly learned that their definition of newsworthy did not coincide with their school’s. Administrators told the students their article could not be published because it was an invasion of privacy.