When the Supreme Court’s ruling came down in January 1988, journalism educators feared the decision would make it more difficult for student journalists to produce good work without the threat of censorship. Now, 25 years later, many believe their worst fears — and more — have come true.
Debates about freedom of speech — and whether there should be limits placed on speech that offends, particularly religious speech — are playing out on college campuses across the country.
A wave of football programs introduced bans on injury reporting this season, threatening to revoke journalists’ credentials if they break the rules. For the most part, reporters are complying.
They can make arrests and often operate as any local police department does. But as student journalists have discovered, it’s not always easy to get campus police at private schools to grant access to their records.
Blanket restrictions on talk between the media and school employees may be legally unenforceable – and such restrictions on students almost certainly are void.
A generation ago, Justice William Brennan warned the nation about the perils of heavy-handed school censorship.
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An SPLC audit of school district publication polices in Colorado and Oregon finds many of the policies are at odds with the states’ student free expression laws, designed to give students more rights.
As high school publications move online, they’re facing stricter scrutiny from administrators who worry about the larger audiences online. Often, students wind up with less control online than they have in print.