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“Dying is easy – comedy’s hard.” The origin of the Hollywood aphorism is murky, but its truth is undeniable.April 15 may be America's annual day of dread, but for those who advise student publications, it's April 1 -- the day that hundreds of Sara Silverman wannabes find out that they're much less funny than they think they are.Student journalists at Columbia University got off to an early start this year.
Apparently they don’t find douchebags funny in California, either.
A Sacramento-area sophomore made headlines last week when his school reversed course on punishing him for insulting comments made on Facebook.
Each day during Scholastic Journalism Week, the staff of the Student Press Law Center is going back to school -- blogging about the impact student media had on their own embryonic lives.
My camera and I were nearly alone on the shoulder of Retreat-Kanaskat Road.
A handful of passing cars barely slowed as I stood there surveying the scene.
I went to high school in Alaska (fun fact: I graduated the same year as Sarah Palin, whose high school was about a half-hour away). And no, it wasn’t a one-room building lit by seal oil in the bare, frozen tundra; it was a modern, well-funded, well-equipped school of about 1,600.
But as I often tell the many young journalists I speak to each year, about the only thing I can remember about what was called the student “newspaper” at my high school — in reality, just a bunch of stapled 8 ½ x 11” pages — was that it once published my girlfriend’s drawings (along with a really cute photo of her). Other hot topics included a photo collage of students’ cars, a story about the French Club fashion show, a quiz about college mascots, essays/poems about being the best you could be, an interview with the school receptionist about, well, being a school receptionist — and maybe some 3- or 4-week-old sports scores.
In other words, it could hardly have been more irrelevant to my life and that of my classmates.
Great journalists aren’t born that way. They are encouraged and seasoned by many, and like most students, mine was a high school newspaper adviser who recognized promising talent and had the ability to spark creativity and inspiration in their students.
I don't talk much about my high school years, typically.
I went to high school in Chesterland, Ohio, near Kent State University's Geauga campus. If you've never been to Northeast Ohio, the best way I can describe it is to say that it's a great place to be from.
Despite its deep entanglement with institutions of state government, the National Collegiate Athletics Association has managed to convince the courts that it is not subject to the same disclosure laws that apply to its state-college members.
Students are taking to the streets to protest the University of San Francisco's decision to sell the broadcast license for its student radio station.
College disciplinary records are where the rubber meets the road for student privacy law. They are the confidential records that journalists most want -- and that colleges most want to withhold.
While journalists have very little need for grades, attendance sheets and other academic records, they often are legitimately interested in how campus judicial bodies do (or don't) mete out punishment for disciplinary infractions.
A Daily Nebraskan article that discusses the sex lives of University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture students has caused a flurry of controversy for the newspaper.
The story, which appeared in the arts and entertainment section, quotes multiple sources by their first names only, with an illustration alongside showing two students having sex on a drafting table.
Experts from the journalism and legal fields are urging the Florida Bar to retreat from proposed rules giving judges wide authority to restrict spectators' use of laptops and recording devices in state courts.
A set of proposed rules released by Florida's attorney-regulating body Jan.
Student journalists at Florida Atlantic University no longer have a paid adviser to turn to after the student media director’s recent departure left the department with no employees.
Former Student Media Director Marti Harvey sent the university a letter of resignation Jan.
State law makes government "records" subject to public inspection, and for most people that conjures up the image of stacks of manila-filed paper documents.
ILLINOIS — The school district involved in a nearly four-year-long case over a controversial student T-shirt message argued its latest appeal last month before the 7th U.S.
When is a speech for a student government office disruptive? When it’s effective, at least according to Edmonds-Woodway High School administrators.
Almost every state has a board of regents (sometimes called a board of governors) that enacts rules and coordinates policy for its public universities.
Virginia teachers will have to wait another month for the Board of Education to consider revised guidelines restricting them from communicating with students via text messages, social-networking sites and other non-school “platforms.”
The original proposal was given to the board in the fall, but was postponed first until January and then until February.
The board expects to hear the revised proposal at the March 24 board meeting, according to Charles Pyle, director of communications for the Virginia Board of Education.
“There was an original proposed that was fairly prescriptive that was presented to the board in November.
A student paints a wish for Iranian freedom on a bench that has been approved for students' artistic and expressive use. Administrators disapprove of the political message, and have it painted over. Students then protest by painting an appeal for freedom of speech. And ... oh, you're way ahead of me on this.
VIRGINIA — A Chesapeake Circuit Court jury handed down a $5 million judgment Feb.