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Haitian earthquake photos available to student media

(01/28/10 11:26am)

We have had several students contact us regarding their use of news media photos to include with their newspaper or yearbook coverage of the Haitian earthquake. As usual, the general rule for using copyrighted material applies: If you didn't take the photo and/or you don't own the copyright to it, you must first obtain permission, which sometimes requires paying for a license.

Show your First Amendment passion — and win a cool $2k

(01/13/10 6:01pm)

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) will award $2,500 in prize money to the students who create the most inspiring and exciting 30-second public service announcement (PSA) showing the importance of the First Amendment's five freedoms — speech, press, religion, assembly and the right to petition — and demonstrating how those freedoms protect us all. The contest is open to both high school and middle school students, with the first place high school winner taking home $2,000 and the first place middle school winner $500.

Supreme Court reaffirms: Trials must be open to the public

(01/19/10 6:17pm)

In a rarely used procedural maneuver, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide -- and then, decided right on the spot -- the issue of whether excluding the public from watching jury selection violates the accused's right to a fair trial. The Court's 7-2 answer: Yes, unless the judge shows that she has considered less drastic alternatives -- even if the accused fails to suggest any. The Court's ruling in Presley v.