Journalists struggle with one of the most powerful, least transparent groups on campus: student government

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.

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.