A fresh, new school year is upon us. The newsroom is tidy. The floor recently waxed, the cabinets and drawers are in apple-pie order and the story files nicely organized.
The Washington Court of Appeals heard arguments in a libel suit against the student newspaper at Roosevelt High School on Monday, a case raising the issue of a school district’s liability for stories written by student journalists.Landlord Hugh Sisley brought the lawsuit against the Seattle School District after The Roosevelt News published a story in 2009 claiming Sisley had “been accused of racist renting policies.” Sisley and his wife deny those allegations and claim the story defamed them.Superior Court Judge Kimberly Prochnau sided with the school district last year, finding both that the story was not libelous and also that the school could not be held liable for the work of student journalists who are not the school's agents or employees.On appeal, the Sisleys are challenging both of those findings and want the case to go forward to a trial.A three-judge panel of the appeals court heard oral arguments in the case Monday morning, appearing skeptical of arguments from both sides.School district attorney Jeff Freimund faced questions on the school’s liability for newspaper content, while the Sisleys’ attorney, Jeff Grant, was questioned on whether the story itself could be libelous.In legal briefs, the school district argues that it can’t be held liable for the story because the First Amendment prohibited school officials from censoring it.
VIRGINIA — A Chesapeake Circuit Court jury handed down a $5 million judgment Feb.
Each day throughout the country, thousands of college students show up for work at the newsroom or the broadcast station.
A recent California court ruling reemphasizes the breadth of protection that Web site operators enjoy under the federal Communications Decency Act – even where those aggrieved by the site’s editorial content claim that they are not arguing over content at all.In Doe II v.