California high school journalists honored after invoking state shield law

A trio of student journalists who fought to protect confidential sources while investigating events surrounding a peer’s suicide earned recognition this month from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The team from Saratoga High School’s The Saratoga Falcon — Samuel Liu, Sabrina Chen and Cristina Curcelli — were honored in the high school category of the James Madison Freedom of Information Awards.

Obama’s nominee to lead the Fed used to lead her student newspaper

Janet Yellen, President Obama's nominee for Federal Reserve chair, once interviewed herself for her high school newspaper. She was its editor-in-chief and school valedictorian."Next year I will attend Pembroke College where I’ve decided to major in math or anthropology or economics," the 1963 graduating senior said in her own interview.

Professional journalist speaks out in favor of students as New Jersey school board reconsiders prior review policy

Discussion and disagreement over a New Jersey high school’s prior review policy has moved a professional journalist to speak out on behalf of student journalists.Adviser Thomas McHale, who oversaw Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s student newspaper for a decade, resigned in May after school officials started enforcing the district’s prior review policy.

Q&A: Washington student editor discusses paper’s in-depth focus on much-criticized community

“Skyway is ghetto” — the provocative headline of Renton High School’s student newspaper led readers into an issue that worked to open their minds to the Seattle, Wash.-suburb Skyway as a whole, including the more pleasant parts that stereotypes often refuse to acknowledge. The 22-member Arrow staff put out an impressive 40-page May issue in which staff members explored the neighborhood — from its bus line to its park to its middle school.

Texas high school yearbook recalled after “Ugly Hoe” caption discovered

On the heels of another high school yearbook prankIrving High School in Irving, Tex., recalled every copy of the 2012-13 yearbook last week after realizing that a student’s name had been changed to “Ugly Hoe” in a photo caption, the Dallas Observer reported.

The person who changed the student’s name has not yet been identified, said Lesley Weaver, the school district's director of communications.

“We can speculate, but we don’t know definitively,” Weaver said.

Missouri high school junior arrested for yearbook prank

Kaitlyn Booth, 17, a junior at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., was arrested earlier this month after a prank in which she she changed a student's last name to "Masturbate" in the 2013 yearbook.Booth faces charges of harassment as well as first-degree property damage, a felony, in addition to unspecified school punishment.The name change is found on page 270 of the yearbook, the page that features the index.