Staff members of the Pennsylvania Department of Education "delete and cleanse" their emails each night, a policy which the state's Office of Open Records and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association have condemned.
The trend of broadcast companies receiving exclusive broadcasting rights to high school sporting events could continue to expand now that one of the one of the largest producers and aggregators of high school sports coverage is growing its team.PlayOn!
A public university sets up a fundraising apparatus to collect and invest money exclusively for the support of the university.
The two CNN journalists who were arrested Tuesday for trespassing on the World Trade Center site illustrate a recurring theme in journalism — one that student journalists struggle with, too.
Earlier this week, the Department of Education released data compiled through its Civil Rights Data Collection program. For the first time since 2000, every public school in the country was surveyed, and for the first time ever, the results of the survey are being made public in a searchable database.The database has the potential to be a great resource for student journalists who want to learn more about their schools.
Mazie Bryant and Jillian Beck — editors of The Crimson White and The Daily Bruin, respectively — know how frustrating it can be to get answers out of their universities.So after running into repeated reporting roadblocks, they’ve decided to call attention to their universities’ public records responsiveness by making their records requests more transparent.In newly debuted trackers, The Crimson White and The Daily Bruin now publicize details of the requests they’ve submitted to their institutions.
It's no secret that college and university presidential searches are, increasingly, cloaked in secrecy until after a final decision is made.
A year ago, Jordan Bradley detailed in the SPLC Report how student journalists at Otterbein University have had difficulty gaining access to campus police reports.The troubles started in 2011, when the Ohio school's security team was converted into a commissioned police force, said Hillary Warren, who advises The Tan & Cardinal. Then, campus police began responding to incidents that city police once handled. At first, campus police didn't release any records, even those required under the Jeanne Clery Act, Warren told us.
Sara Ganim, the reporter who helped break the Jerry Sandusky story at Penn State, has a new story today looking at the literacy of college athletes at public schools around the country. It's an easy story for student journalists to localize through records requests of their own.Ganim targeted public schools that are subject to open records laws and asked for athletes' SAT and ACT entrance exams.