As many Report readers know, at the end of 2007 I am leaving the Student Press Law Center to become the Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. After 22 years as executive director, I can say what a wonderful experience this has been.
Tag: Winter 2007-08
? The story "Students, adviser reach agreements with college," in the Fall 2007 SPLC Report, should have noted that the student paper at Ocean County College did receive the right to choose its own Web site as part of its settlement with the school.
Editors under fire
When criticism and scrutiny hit the newsroom, it is the editor who absorbs much of the flak. Keeping a cool head -- and having a little media savvy -- is important when hoards of protesters are calling for your removal, collegiate press experts say. But having a good understanding of school speech policies, your publication board's bylaws and the law might help more when fighting to keep your job.
School searches newsroom
It happened after hours, in the dark, when the reporters and editors had all gone home.
Shield law may leave gap
For many journalists, the passage of the Free Flow of Information Act through the House of Representatives was an important step in creating the first federal shield law, which would protect journalists from being compelled by federal prosecutors to disclose their sources and other unpublished material in most circumstances.
Walking a fine (color) line
Only a few hours after the Little Hawk staff distributed its October edition — with a cover story about students' attitudes toward race, including a colorful pie chart indicating 13 percent of students polled viewed blacks unfavorably and 2 percent viewed whites unfavorably — the principal pulled all remaining copies, saying the issue caused a disruption.
Some officials silence 'Jena Six' demonstrations
Several students around the country felt the chill of censorship as they commented on or showed their support for the "Jena Six" -- the name given to the six black students in Louisiana who activists point to as symbols of racial injustice in the legal system.
Free-speech rights upheld in modern-day Tinker
Just months after a lone United States Supreme Court Justice said he thought "the Constitution does not afford students a right to free speech in public schools," a federal district judge upheld three students' rights in a modern-day Tinker case, affirming once again that students can wear black armbands as a silent protest and do not lose their First Amendment rights at school.
More high school censorship updates
Production and distribution of Winnacunnet High School's newspaper is back to normal after administrators pulled the February "sex" edition of the paper from the district's middle schools.
Twenty years of Hazelwood
Student journalists around the country feared the Hazelwood case — arising from a Missouri principal's decision to censor newspaper articles about teen pregnancy and divorce — would create a "chilling effect" by making it easer for high schools to censor speech, especially in student publications.