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Recently retired as executive director of the Online News Association, Jane McDonnell will bring her expertise in training digital journalists and in mentoring female newsroom leaders to the SPLC at a time of great potential for the organization's growth.
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.
Hadar Harris, a human rights attorney and non-profit leader with a passion for working with and on behalf of students, will become the next executive director of the Student Press Law Center, effective Sept. 6, 2017.
A coalition of open-government groups led by the Student Press Law Center has thrown its support behind college journalists battling for access to public records about sexual harassment investigations against employees at the University of Kentucky.
UNC-Chapel Hill is misapplying the FERPA student privacy law to withhold public records that could help journalists shed light on the way the university does, or does not, punish students found liable for sexual assault, an SPLC legal brief argues.
For remaining steadfast after being sued by a university in a battle over open records related to a sexual harassment investigation, the Kentucky Kernel is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 College Press Freedom Award.
For its intensive coverage of the combative tenure of an interim principal whose reign sparked a campus sit-in and petitions, The Classic at Townsend Harris High School is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 Courage in Student Journalism Award.