A jolt to private colleges from the NLRB: Gagging employees violates federal labor law

A recent NLRB case brought by Northwestern University football players garnered attention on the sports pages, but its impact will be felt far more broadly and should improve journalists' access to employees at all private organizations, including colleges and universities.

Northwestern journalism students fight subpoenas

Journalism students working on the Medill Innocence Project atNorthwestern University's Medill School of Journalism are fightingsubpoenas requesting their grades, off-the-record interviews, electroniccommunications, notes, course syllabi, grading criteria for the course andreceipts for expenses that students incurred for their investigation of the caseof Anthony McKinney, who was convicted and jailed in 1978 for allegedly shootinga security guard in Harvey, Ill.