Posts Tagged ‘college press’

Ruling affirms Ill. campus free-press act

It’s good news for almost everyone as federal judge orders Chicago State University to reinstate adviser fired in dispute over stories that ran in the college newspaper.

Streaker isn’t college’s greatest embarrassment

East Carolina University officials cause damage to themselves, students and press freedom by firing college newspaper adviser.

At least in Ill., an antidote to college media censorship

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At least in Illinois, a legal case inimical to college press freedom appears to be dead.
In 2005, the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stunned college media across the country when it decided in Hosty v. Carter that college administrators could, without violating the First Amendment, exercise editorial control over campus newspapers. [...]

Investigating Medill ‘Innocence Project’ could chill students’ reporting

A scene in the 1987 movie “The Untouchables” shows Sean Connery as a Chicago beat cop instructing federal agent Kevin Costner on how to play tough in the Windy City. Connery finishes his bare-knuckles-to-handguns lesson with this flourish: “… and that’s the Chicago Way!”
Northwestern University journalism students and their professor are getting a taste of [...]

Sex column deserves First Amendment protection

What is it about sex?
Ah, let me rephrase that now that I have your interest: What is it about sex and the First Amendment?
From censors who attack music — often under misimpressions about sexual content — to those who trumpet the virtues of “smaller, less-intrusive government” except when calling on it to enforce some personal [...]

Longtime student-media advocate still going strong

Although the First Amendment covers public high school and college journalists as well as their professional counterparts, the student press often faces censorship the professional press does not. When student media are suppressed, the Student Press Law Center tries to be an ally to those who are censored.
“Student journalism is inherently different (from professional journalism) [...]

Banning liquor ads in college newspapers doesn’t work

There are moments when a courtroom win for free expression in America may not entirely seem like such a good thing to some Americans, for some distinctly non-First Amendment reasons.
I confess to a bit of dueling emotions myself about a recent victory for college newspapers in Virginia. A federal magistrate judge in Richmond tossed out [...]

How not to handle a college newspaper dispute

A fiscal fight at Montclair State University in New Jersey between student journalists and the student government has lessons for both sides.
The dispute came about because The Montclarion newspaper staff hired its own attorney to advise it on possible challenges to closed-door meetings of the Student Government Association. The association funds a portion of the newspaper’s [...]

A campus newspaper reaches out

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Far too often student journalism gets into the news as a newsmaker itself because of a negative situation — battling censorship by administrators and the like.
Better that student journalists be able to focus more on matters that improve, not just preserve, news coverage. At the University of South Dakota’s student paper, The Volante, [...]

Bid to safeguard Wash. student press fails again

After a failed attempt in 2007 to protect students’ free speech and press, Washington state legislators have again refused to pass a bill that would have safeguarded the First Amendment rights of student journalists at public high schools and universities.
State Sen. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, introduced the Student Press Freedom Bill (S.B. 6449) on Jan. 15. [...]

New Ill. law boosts college press freedoms

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has signed the College Campus Press Act, an anti-censorship bill providing greater freedoms of speech to college student journalists.
The new law (S.B. 0729) states that any campus media outlet “produced primarily by students at a state-sponsored institution of higher learning is a public forum for expression by the student journalists and [...]

Ore. lawmakers endorse student-press bill

The Oregon Legislature gave final approval this week to a bill that would create the first state law to protect both college and high school journalists under the same statute.
The measure now awaits Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s signature.
“This bill clarifies for both administrators and students the independent nature of the student voice,” said Gene Policinski, Vice [...]

College media advisers focus on teaching First Amendment

NASHVILLE — For today’s college media advisers, careful planning and creativity are essential for developing First Amendment awareness on their campuses — especially in light of last year’s State of the First Amendment survey results.
In 2006, 56% of Americans were able to name freedom of speech as one of the five rights guaranteed by the [...]

Wash. state student-press bill dies

A Washington state bill to protect student press freedom failed to earn a vote before the legislative session ended on April 13, but not before similar bills appeared in legislatures across the country. Student-press bills await action in three other states: Oregon, Illinois and Michigan.
Six states currently offer full First Amendment protection to high school [...]

Why we need a strong student press

The student press in America doesn’t get much press. But it’s an important part of educating our kids, and it’s in trouble and getting weaker.
Legislative proposals in Washington state and Kansas regarding student journalism are at cross-purposes: The former would prevent school officials from censoring college and high school publications, while the latter would institutionalize [...]

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