College reporters protected by Ill. shield law, judge rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Illinois judge has quashed subpoenas targeting student reporters of the college newspaper at Loyola University Chicago, the Student Press Law Center reports.

The judge ruled on June 21 that the state’s shield law protects student journalists just as much as professional ones. An attorney for the students said the ruling might mark the first time an Illinois court has found that the shield law covers the student press.

The subpoenas — requested by a defense lawyer in a criminal case — also sought materials from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.