In the 2009-10 school year, students took on $106 billion worth of loans to cover the cost of college, a record-high amount. And the average student who borrows and earns a bachelor’s degree at a public school now graduates owing nearly $20,000. Despite a
Tag: Winter 2010-11
Howard Univ. helps SPLC tap volunteer power
Over the past semester, the Student Press Law Center has benefited from the public-relations advice of a remarkably savvy team of Howard University students. As a “client” of the Howard CapComm laboratory program, the SPLC went through a thorough re-examination of how we communicate our message to our core audience and to the larger world.
On their payroll
Everyone likes getting paid. But what happens when the people you're supposed to cover are signing your checks?
Breaking away: Going independent brings financial freedom, but may also cause growing pains
Some see financial independence as the holy grail of student media, freeing editors from control or pressure from college administrators. But as appealing as the prospect sounds, getting there is not always easy.
The changing face of radio
Several colleges recently began evaluating the longevity and practicality of student radio, prompting some to consider selling off their ability to broadcast over the air.
Journalism beyond the classroom
Since the release of the 1974 Commission of Inquiry into High School Journalism report Captive Voices-- which brought to light the issues of censorship and under-representation of minorities in high school papers-- organizations have cropped up across the country with aims of correcting these shortcomings while teaching students about the importance of journalism.
The state of cyberbullying
Widely publicized suicides have once again shed light on the harm that bullying, especially with help from the Internet, can cause. But as schools and legislatures across the country update laws, or pass new ones, that attempt to regulate “cyberbullying,” freedom of speech advocates worry students’ rights could be in jeopardy.
Online comments create more opportunity for discussion, but may also generate new legal concerns
Reader comment boards invite a cornucopia of opinions, from the well-informed to the ignorant. Student media publish in a campus echo chamber, where rumors can spread virally.
Principals, advisers and students face misconceptions about who 'owns' student work
The debate over who owns a photo -- the school or the student who took it -- is one that comes up time and time again.
Lens flare: Photographing law enforcement can create confusion for both police and student journalists
A James Madison University student journalist's run-in with the law is only one of the many photographers around the nation -- amateur and professional -- are confronting.