Student media speak up in defense of exiled Famuan staff

In the week and a half since the staff of The Famuan at Florida A&M University learned they could not publish the paper as planned without taking part in additional training and reapplying for their position, student journalists at newspapers across the country have spoken up in defense of the Famuan staff in several strongly worded editorials and columns.Over at The Arizona Daily Wildcat, Editor-in-Chief Kristina Bui criticized the decision by FAMU administrators to shut down the paper's printing after the filing of a libel lawsuit against the paper last month.

High school freedom fighters: FIRE’s essay contest deadline approaching

If you're a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2012, heading to college, and believe in free expression, you should check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's Freedom in Academia essay contest.  You can win up to $5,000 in scholarship money by writing an essay explaining why free speech is important in higher education -- and FIRE has great videos about their work to help you respond.

Virginia’s teacher texting ban postponed, again

Virginia teachers will have to wait another month for the Board of Education to consider revised guidelines restricting them from communicating with students via text messages, social-networking sites and other non-school “platforms.”The original proposal was given to the board in the fall, but was postponed first until January and then until February.The board expects to hear the revised proposal at the March 24 board meeting, according to Charles Pyle, director of communications for the Virginia Board of Education.“There was an original proposed that was fairly prescriptive that was presented to the board in November.

Judge orders UC-Berkeley police to return photos to journalist

Photojournalist David Morse will be receiving photos confiscated from him by the police after a judge ruled last week that University of California-Berkeley police who searched his camera in December did so illegally.Morse was covering a demonstration outside of the chancellor's residence for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, or Indybay, when law enforcement officials arrested him.

SPJ, SPLC voice concern over FAU’s attempts to prevent former adviser’s newspaper involvement

Leading journalism groups are weighing in to support Florida Atlantic University students facing pressure for their refusal to cut ties with their popular journalism adviser after the school discharged him.The Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, sent a letter to the new president of FAU expressing concern and disapproval about the university’s encroachment on student First Amendment rights.