Students resist mandate to publish statement

\nCALIFORNIA -- Student journalists are resisting a mandate\nfrom the Oakland Unified School District to print a message in\ntheir high school newspapers stating the district's compliance\nwith federal nondiscrimination rules, pointing to a California\nlaw that prohibits school officials from dictating the content\nof student publications.

Former Auburn editor who battled censure wins press freedom award

\nThe former editor of the Auburn University student newspaper who\nwas threatened with removal because of her paper's critical coverage\nof a university trustee has received the 1999 Scholastic Press\nFreedom Award.

The award, sponsored by the Student Press Law Center and the\nNational Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press,\nis given each year to the high school or college student journalist\nor student news medium that has demonstrated outstanding support\nfor the free press rights of students.

Lee Davidson, the 1998-99 editor of The Auburn Plainsman, who\nis now a reporter for the Mobile Register, accepted the award\nbefore an audience of hundreds of college journalists and advisers\nat the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers national\nconvention in Atlanta on Nov.