Hello! I’m Jenna Spoont, a sophomore at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs, majoring in journalism and mass communication.
I’m Beatriz Costa-Lima, one of SPLC’s summer interns. I’m a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in convergence photojournalism.
After years of art school, I thought I was going to be a painter. But I discovered journalism in high school and I found that I preferred notepads and DSLRs to canvases and oil paints.
For over five years I worked in some kind of student media. Most recently I worked at The Maneater student newspaper as city, state and nation editor and as a senior staff photographer, writer and designer.
Hi there! I'm Dani Kass, one of the new interns at SPLC. I just graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in May with degrees in journalism and Russian. I'm passionate about transparency and accountability, and I get way too excited to dig through public records and mine data. I can't wait to bring that passion to covering student press rights.
Most recently I worked at The Columbia Missourian, where I covered the wrongful conviction case of Ryan Ferguson, who was released from prison nearly a decade after being convicted of murder, and a homicide at a Veterans Hospital that ended in an insanity plea. I also used data to debunk theories about rising crime.
Between reporting shifts, I worked in the resource room at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., uploading contest entries, helping fill requests from reporters and finding stories for the Extra Extra blog. I'll also be working at their conference in June. Come say hi if you'll be there!
In a new law journal article, Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, makes a case for why universities shouldn’t regulate student-athletes’ social media accounts and online speech.“What makes social media novel and empowering — that it is an immediate, unfiltered way to ‘speak’ with thousands of people — is also what makes it frightening to campus regulators,” LoMonte writes.
At a public institution, the First Amendment protects students' ability to express themselves free from government sanction, and the Due Process Clause protects against the removal of public benefits in an arbitrary way or without adequate notice.