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.
Everyone likes getting paid. But what happens when the people you're supposed to cover are signing your checks?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The debate over who owns a photo -- the school or the student who took it -- is one that comes up time and time again.
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.
The media’s role of covering government -- from exposing scandal to highlighting when they get it right -- is so well-accepted, the media is often called “the fourth estate.” However, lack of clear legal guidance can hinder that same check at the college and high school levels. While student governments have been found to fall under open-records laws in some states, many of these bodies evade mandatory scrutiny, despite having some of the same decision-making, money-moving powers as their adult-world counterparts.