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PRESS RELEASE: Wisconsin college editor honored for open-records advocacy

(09/28/09 12:00am)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Jonathan Anderson, former Editor-in-Chief of the UWM Post at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the 2009 winner of the "College Press Freedom Award" for his tireless advocacy in pressing for greater access to public records from the university and its student government association.

PRESS RELEASE: Student journalists sue Wisconsin college officials over spurious 'privacy' claims

(11/11/09 12:00am)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Editors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's UWM Post filed suit today challenging their college's claim that any document that identifies a student - even the recording of a student's voice speaking at a public committee meeting - is a confidential "educational record" that cannot be released under Wisconsin's public-records law.The Post and its former editor-in-chief, Jonathan Anderson, filed suit today in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, seeking a declaration that the records sought by the Post are covered by the Wisconsin Open Records Law.

Universities are taking divergent approaches to handling campus speech, safe spaces, and trigger warnings

(09/07/16 1:41pm)

On one campus, the administration has said in no uncertain terms that students expecting “trigger warnings” shouldn’t hold their breath. On another, a center for inclusivity is pushing a set of language recommendations called “Just Words,”... 

TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Don't take "no" for a public-records answer -- and don't take "copyright," either

(02/28/12 6:15pm)

On occasion, people in positions of public authority know "just enough law to be dangerous" -- not enough to actually get the answer right, but enough to convince themselves that they have, because the answer has lots of authoritative-sounding words in it. This is the story of one such occasion. Recently, the SPLC attorney hotline received what started out as an unremarkable call from a college journalist whose request to a government agency for public records was denied.