It’s a difficult time for the First Amendment in schools.
Journalism educators say the censorship that students have faced under Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier has prompted many to self-censor and avoid controversial topics.
Confessions pages, which allow students to anonymously post on Facebook about themselves and their school, are creating headaches for some school administrators who see the potential for harm.
Libel lawsuits against student newspapers are relatively uncommon, but in recent months, mistakes in reporting have costs student editors and advisers headaches and even their jobs.
College journalists are learning how to navigate — and when to challenge — administrative policies designed to show sources and the institutions they represent in the best light.
School violence and crime are newsworthy topics, but at times can provoke backlash from safety-conscious (or image-conscious) school administrators.
How journalists approach controversial topics can have an affect on the way readers receive a story. Student and professionals alike encourage reporters to consider the impact of their words.
Few schools claim fully independent student media organizations. Those that do find themselves balancing concerns for editorial independence with day-to-day business operations.
A year ago, a high school senior in New York had an idea to elevate students’ voice using Twitter. Now, his group is working to bring students and policymakers together to create change in education.
Anti-SLAAP statutes in many states can help student journalists who are faced with libel lawsuits filed with the intention of silencing otherwise protected speech.