Information about unpaid parking tickets of student athletes and coaches as well as information about related NCAA violations must be open to the public, Maryland's high court ruled in December.
Boston University's lawsuit against companies that sell term papers over the Internet was thrown out by a federal judge in December. But university officials say they will refile the case in state court.
A trial court's ruling that prevented a commercial newspaper from printing the names of juveniles who testified during an open court proceeding was an "unlawful prior restraint on the press," determined the state's highest court in November.
Unauthorized advertising does not have a home in the folds of Golden State newspapers anymore.
The editor of an alternative high school newspaper was given permission to distribute his publication on campus following a well-publicized dispute with school officials in which approximately 500 papers were confiscated.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Oct. 5 to hear the appeal of a North Carolina high school drama teacher who was involuntarily transferred from her job after community members complained about a play performed by her advanced acting class.
Staff members of a Missouri high school newspaper filed a First Amendment suit against their school in October after school officials removed their newspaper adviser.
An Idaho state court judge ruled in October that a school district's policy prohibiting teachers from talking with the media during the school day was unconstitutional.
While state legislatures continue to introduce proposals to protect the free press rights of students, the state department of education in Hawaii may be moving in the opposite direction.
College journalists may want to keep their fingers crossed but they should probably not hold their breath.