Journalism educators defend college press





The Kentucky State censorship case represents the first time a federal court has used the U.S. Supreme Court1s 1988 Hazelwood decision to justify censorship of college student publications. But it also represents another first: an outpouring of support for college press freedom from journalism schools and college journalism professors.

Dozens of groups have condemned the lower court1s ruling in the Kincaid v. Gibson case. (See Coalition, page 3).

And at least two groups, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), which is the national college journalism professors organization, and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), which represents the administrators of college journalism schools and departments, adopted resolutions in December voicing their support for the student media.

“[ASJMC] stands firm in insisting that the First Amendment rights of college student journalists publishing in college student media be held inviolate,” the ASJMC resolution reads in part.

“[T]he limitations in expression in the 1988 Hazelwood decision must not be extended to the post-secondary environment,” says the resolution of AEJMC .


reports, Spring 1998