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In a brief filed Wednesday, the Student Press Law Center and leading news-media organizations ask the Michigan Supreme Court to take on a case challenging the legality of secret “pre-meeting meetings” where trustees of Michigan universities discuss public business behind closed doors.
The editors and staff of Knight News at the University of Central Florida were presented Oct. 22 with the annual College Press Freedom Award, in recognition of their extraordinary determination in pursuing disclosure of public records in the face of brutal attacks by their university.
The Student Press Law Center is honored to announce the election of Logan Aimone and Joe Esposito to its board of directors.
The SPLC and five open-government advocacy groups weighed in behind student journalists with Orlando-based Knight News in the University of Central Florida's appeal of a court order declaring student government expense reports to be public records.
The former head of the National Scholastic Press Association and Associated Collegiate Press will be advising the SPLC on volunteer mobilization and partnership-building, and aiding in the transition to a soon-to-be-hired new Executive Director.
Fellows in the SPLC-funded initiative design and carry out locally tailored projects aimed primarily at addressing the "press freedom gender gap" that afflicts K-12 schools.
Western Kentucky's student newspaper is honored at a college media conference for its persistent public-records digging, which provoked the university to file a "reverse FOIA" lawsuit seeking to block disclosure of information about how the college responds to sexual harassment complaints.
A library of state-by-state reference materials created with the help of SPLC attorney volunteers can help simplify the task of understanding and enforcing open-records laws, a frequent source of tension between journalists and educational institutions.
In a brief filed Monday, the SPLC and seven national press-freedom organizations argue that a federal district judge erred in concluding that a public university can discontinue funding for student media anytime for any reason, even if motivated to punish the editors for unwanted viewpoints.