College newsrooms, mirroring their professional counterparts, are adopting content sharing agreements at a growing rate. While exchanging articles, columns and photos offers students the opportunity to get their work and bylines in front of a new audience, the ultimate impact of content sharing for student journalism has yet to be seen.
Before you publish and share your content online, it is important to understand how your work can and cannot be used on the Internet, and the steps you can take to ensure that you are credited -- and maybe even paid -- for the work you produce.
Cases involving student journalists present some of the most challenging privilege issues that judges and legislators are facing today. The answers are not always obvious. Deciding what material is privileged means balancing two competing priorities: (1) to protect the ability of journalists to effectively and safely gather news, and (2) to make sure the right people (and only the right people) are caught and punished for crimes.
Money is a constant source of concern for college students and the cash handed over to the campus bookstore every month for stacks of textbooks doesn't help. Fourteen states have laws requiring disclosure of information regarding textbook purchasing — including the prices campus bookstores pay for course materials.