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Newly hired Famuan editor wants to repair relationship between paper and students

(01/24/13 5:32pm)

The newly hired editor of The Famuan at Florida A&M University said Thursday afternoon that she hopes to improve the relationship between students and the newspaper during her term, which will kick off officially next week when the paper begins printing after a two-week suspension by the school's journalism dean. The school hasn't made a formal announcement yet, but senior Angie Meus confirmed the news and said she was in the process of hiring the rest of her staff. Meus applied for the position after Dean Ann Kimbrough reopened the application process, forcing current editors to reapply for their positions and inviting others to apply as well.


Appeals court finalizes legal victory for conservative newspaper at Oregon State

(01/27/13 8:01pm)

A federal appeals court has declined a request from Oregon State University administrators to reconsider an October 2012 ruling that kept alive a First Amendment challenge brought by publishers of a conservative newspaper whose distribution racks were seized. In a brief order issued Friday, the Ninth Circuit U.S.



Join SPLC's Sunshine Week campus safety audit

(01/29/13 3:02pm)

In just a little over a month, journalists across the country will celebrate open government in action. Held annually in March, Sunshine Week is a chance for journalists to demonstrate to lawmakers and the public the importance of open government and easy access to public records. In the past, the Student Press Law Center has teamed up with student journalists across the country on public records projects.



School cellphone searches test boundaries of students' Fourth Amendment rights

(01/30/13 2:12pm)

It's happening at schools across the country: A student is caught misusing a cellphone on campus, and administrators seize the phone and look at everything inside of it. It happened last week at an upstate New York high school, where a 14-year-old boy and his girlfriend are now under criminal investigation after a school principal discovered "inappropriate" photos of the girl while searching the boy's cellphone. Is this legal?