The Student Press Law Center has submitted formal comments to the Tennessee Department of Education urging it to amend draft regulations implementing the state’s new ban on so-called “prohibited concepts" to ensure that student journalists will not be penalized under the new law. The SPLC has called upon Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn to… Continue reading SPLC urges Tennessee to protect student media from investigation
Tennessee and Washington student newspapers both report thefts after covering controversies
In less than two weeks, two student newspapers on opposite ends of the country have had hundreds of newspapers stolen from campus newsstands.
After being punished with a funding cut after an investigative story runs in Memphis, pressure from SPLC helps get money restored
"When SPLC attorneys drafted legal responses to the university's actions of seemingly harassing a student for reporting unfavorable news and cutting the newspaper's funding based on its content, the university president at the time started to listen."
Private Tenn. athletic association seeks public records exemption
A bill that would have reversed the effects of a court ruling affording the public access to the records of the nonprofit Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is likely to be narrowed to exclude only confidential student records from public scrutiny.
Tenn. student resigns from college newspaper, claims censorship in suspension from social media use
A sports writer for the student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has resigned and is accusing his editors of censoring him after he was prohibited from representing the news organization on social media.
Civil liberties groups call on Tenn. school district to revise 'unconstitutional' tech policy
A Tennessee school district’s technology and internet policy, which allows school administrators to examine electronic devices students bring from home and monitor communications or data transmitted on the district’s network, violates students’ rights to free speech and protection against “suspicionless searches,” The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a letter to the district Monday.
Student election endorsement prompts Tennessee college newspaper theft
Shortly after delivering their bi-weekly publication to newsstands last week, The Pacer staff members noticed empty stands and began receiving tips that someone had taken their newspapers.
Memphis student newspaper's funding cut reversed
The Daily Helmsman's budget will be restored after a University of Memphis investigation found that a 33 percent cut was potentially content-motivated, the university's president announced Friday.
U. of Memphis president orders investigation into Helmsman's budget cut
Less than three days after The Daily Helmsman publicly accused a University of Memphis committee of slashing its budget in response to content, the school’s president is ordering an investigation into the matter.
U. of Memphis paper faces funding cut after tension with administrators, police
The student newspaper at theUniversity of Memphis is protesting a budget cut it believes to be a directresponse to the past year’s content.