The Student Press Law Center announced this month the addition of two new classroom presentations to assist high school journalism teachers in educating their students about freedom of information law and using confidential sources as they head back to school this fall.
Mark Goodman, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, announced this month that he has accepted a position with the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, beginning January 2008. Goodman has served the SPLC since 1985.
A New York state court ruled in September that the College of Staten Island Association violated state open meeting and open records laws when it conducted a secret ballot and prohibited a student journalist from tape recording its meetings.
The United States Supreme Court agreed March 29 to review a decision out of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals about whether public college students have the right to refuse to support organizations that use mandatory student fees to engage in political speech.
We have been notified by the Clerk's Office for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that oral arguments in Kincaid v. Gibson, No. 98-5385, the student media censorship case out of Kentucky State University, have been scheduled for Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the Potter Stewart United States Courtroom in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Information about unpaid parking tickets of student athletes and coaches as well as information about related NCAA violations must be open to the public, Maryland's high court ruled in December
Boston University's lawsuit against companies that sell term papers over the Internet was thrown out by a federal judge in December.
Students journalists at Blue Springs High School seeking to have their newspaper adviser reinstated lost their first court battle in late December when a federal district court judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction that would have put Valerie Halas back in their newsroom.
A Massachusetts judge ruled in late December that a student journalist did not libel a controversial Wellesley College professor in a 1993 article when it claimed that the professor had gained tenure only after suing the school for racial bias.
Staff members of a Missouri high school newspaper filed a First Amendment suit against their school in October after school officials fired their newspaper adviser.
Students at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Mo., claim that their former adviser, Valerie Halas, was removed from her position after she refused to censor stories to which school officials had objected.