Arkansas high school paper republishes censored story, but prior review and threat to adviser’s job remain

Halle Roberts (middle right) and Jack Williams (right) stand with other staff members of The Herald in Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Ark. Photo courtesy of Jack Williams

ARKANSAS — An Arkansas school district drew national criticism after it apparently broke state law by censoring the paper and halting its publication. The district also announced it would implement prior review. Springdale Public Schools backtracked and allowed online publication of the censored story and editorial, but significant obstacles remain unresolved. The Student Press Law… Continue reading Arkansas high school paper republishes censored story, but prior review and threat to adviser’s job remain

Vermont high school students use New Voices law to win censorship dispute

BHS Register editors speak to the Burlington school board on Thursday. Left to right: Jenna Peterson, Julia Shannon-Grillo, and Halle Newman. VTDigger / Lola Duffort

VERMONT — Student journalists at Burlington High School used the state’s New Voices law to successfully fight back against censorship and prevent the reinstatement of a prior review policy. On Sept. 10, the BHS Register was the first to report  about an investigation by the Vermont Agency of Education focused on the school’s director of guidance, Mario Macias.… Continue reading Vermont high school students use New Voices law to win censorship dispute

As Hurricane Florence crashes into the Carolinas, student journalists report through the storm

Hurricane Florence approaching North and South Carolina. Photo by NOAA

NORTH CAROLINA — Alexis Wray, editor in chief of The A&T Register at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, is among the few who was looking forward to Hurricane Florence’s east coast arrival on Thursday. “I am extremely excited,” Wray said. She’s not excited about the Category 2 hurricane, but does want to be a source of… Continue reading As Hurricane Florence crashes into the Carolinas, student journalists report through the storm

Back to School Tips — Day Four: Start the year right with your school’s administrators

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting an article each day with links to key legal issues and topics that will help get your academic year off to a strong start.  Our Day Four links can help you develop a professional, candid relationship with administrators. They don’t always like what… Continue reading Back to School Tips — Day Four: Start the year right with your school’s administrators

Back to School Tips — Day Three: Copyright, model agreements and other key topics

Thursday, Sept. 6 Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting links to key legal issues and topics to ensure your academic year is off to a great start.Day One: Strong journalism is your best defense.Day Two: Having "The Talk"Our Day Three links center on the complexities of copyright and other journalism and legal… Continue reading Back to School Tips — Day Three: Copyright, model agreements and other key topics

Back to School Tips — Day Two: Having “The Talk”

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting links to key legal issues and topics to ensure your academic year is off to a great start.   Day One: Strong journalism is your best defense. Our Day Two topic is about how to be an effective journalism adviser. As the school… Continue reading Back to School Tips — Day Two: Having “The Talk”

Back to School Tips — Day One: Strong journalism is your best defense.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4 Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting links to key legal issues and topics to ensure your academic year is off to a great start.  Our Day One theme is about how producing strong journalism is always your best defense. Basic knowledge of laws that affect journalism should be part… Continue reading Back to School Tips — Day One: Strong journalism is your best defense.