"Campus free expression" bills may benefit protestors, but offer little new hope for college journalists

Campus free expression bills addressing protests and demonstrations have become law in four states this year with many more teed up for consideration, including one awaiting the governor's approval in North Carolina, but the hope they offer for students facing newsroom censorship obstacles is minimal.

TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Taking stock of where legislatures broadened — and narrowed — public access laws in 2013

Summertime means most state legislatures have called it quits for the year, which means it's timely to assess where the public's right of access to meetings and records has advanced and where it has declined.Here are a few examples of newly enacted changes in state open-government laws that journalists should be aware of.