In an unprecedented move, the University of Kentucky filed a lawsuit last year against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. The reason – the paper had requested investigatory documents related to sexual assault charges levied against an associate professor. The university refused to release the records, and the Kernel appealed to the state attorney general in April. When Attorney General Andy Beshear ruled the university must release the records, the school had two options: release the records in accordance with the order, or sue.
This year, the Student Press Law joined forces with the American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, and the the National Coalition Against Censorship to put together a report on the climate for scholastic journalism around the country. The report, Threats to the Independence of Student Media, highlights the nature and magnitude of free expression threats faced by high school and college media. This month Hank Reichman, chair of the AAUP’s Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, joins Frank LoMonte to discuss the impact and implications of the new report.
For the independent student newspaper at the University of North Carolina, the Daily Tar Heel, standing up to a powerful institution is old news. Class after class, the Tar Heel's student reporters have stood as tireless watchdogs, standing in opposition to their administration on numerous occasions. In their latest sortie, three local news organizations have joined forces with the Tar Heel to file a lawsuit against UNC after it refused a records request for any records related to persons found responsible for rape, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct. This month, Executive Director Frank LoMonte interviews the Daily Tar Heel's editor-in-chief, Jane Wester, and general manager, Betsy O'Donovan.
Montana is known for big skies, skiing, and breathtaking scenery (our Montana-raised Publications Fellow is absolutely not biased whatsoever). Unfortunately, it's now also known for highly questionable policies in dealing with sexual assaults at one of its largest universities, the University of Montana.
The situation at UM came to prominence with the publication of Jon Krakauer's investigative book, "Missoula." Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled against Krakauer in his open records lawsuit against the university, and this month, SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte discusses the case with Krakauer's Montana attorney, Mike Meloy.
Last year, Texas A&M's student newspaper, The Battalion, produced a groundbreaking investigative report that traced their university's foundation investments to conflicts in Sudan and exploitive mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo among other human rights tragedies. This month, Frank talks with Texas A&M student and Betty Gage Holland Award-winning Battalion reporter, Spencer Davis, along with incoming editor in chief, Samantha King, about the three-month investigation.
Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein join SPLC for this month's Podcast to discuss the troubling trend of public universities hiring private head-hunting firms to conduct presidential searches in secret. Wilde and Finkelstein, both working from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, recently released the result of their own research breaking down the details of private search firm contracts for high-level executive positions at college and universities across the country.
Frank LoMonte: Hi everyone, and thanks for joining us for another monthly installment of the Student Press Law Center’s Podcast, a rundown on developments in the law affecting the rights of journalists to gather and publish the news.
SPLC Director Frank LoMonte speaks with Justin Hemlepp, the attorney representing Knight News, an independent student news outlet at the University of Central Florida, in their FOIA lawsuit against the university.
New Voices Senate floor debate in Illinois.
Rachel de Leon, associate producer with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, explains how the CIR's RevealNews.org uncovered exaggerations in colleges' claims about equal athletic opportunities for women, and how reporters can use federal disclosure forms to break stories on their own campuses.
Marcelo Rochabrun, reporting fellow with ProPublica and former editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian, discusses his investigation into the 990 forms of Princeton's eating clubs.
Judge Thomas Jacobs, an expert on juvenile law, discusses his new book, "Every Vote Matters," and why it is so important to inform young people on the legal system and get them engaged in our democracy.
Chip Stewart, a professor and associate dean at the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian, discusses his research on live streaming apps like Periscope and MeerKat and how they affect the right to privacy and the right to record.
Chris Carroll, director of student media at Vanderbilt, and Will Drabold, college journalist at Ohio University, speak about the future of college media and the challenges the field is facing.
Catherine Ross, law professor at George Washington University, discusses her new book "Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights."
Peter Bobkowski, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, discusses his research on the impact of scholastic journalism experience on students' readiness for civic participation.
A conversation with University of Oregon journalism professor Ed Madison about his new book, "Newsworthy: Cultivating Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers in Language Arts Classrooms."
Montana state Rep. Daniel Zolnikov discusses his legislation protecting journalists' privacy against demands for their electronic communication records.
Jack Greiner, a media lawyer from Cincinnati, discusses his successful case where the Ohio Supreme Court determined that private universities had to disclose police reports.
Rachel Gunther, associate director of Youth on Board, discusses her organization’s new smartphone app for student rights.