Calls to SPLC legal help hotline jump in 2003

A total of 355 high school and college student journalists contacted the Center for help on freedom of information-related matters last year, up from just 262 calls during the previous year. The Center's finding echoes reports by commercial news media and citizen groups nationwide that, in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, government agencies have tightened control over previously available government information.

Who is a journalist?

At Boston College's student newspaper, covering peace rallies during the war in Iraq or crazed Red Sox fans in downtown Boston is important, said editor Ryan Heffernan, because college students are often involved in such events.