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Independent news site to launch at U. of Redlands following student newspaper’s ‘temporary hiatus’

(02/27/15 11:27am)

In response to perceived censorship — following an article that questioned a new scholarship fund’s motives — the Bulldog Weekly’s co-editors launched an online fundraising campaign on Feb. 13 to support an alternative news website, independent from university administrators and the student government.

Ill. bill would require additional transparency at private university police departments

(03/10/15 6:13pm)

A proposed amendment to the Private College Campus Police Act would require campus police departments at private universities, including at the University of Chicago, to publicly disclose any information that other law enforcement agencies are required to provide under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Cyberbullying bill in Ala. could criminalize students’ online speech

(03/12/15 3:46pm)

Sen. Arthur Orr introduced a bill on March 3 that would make it a crime if a student posts personal, private or sexual information on social media with the intent to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The law would punish students for all statements — “whether true or false” — that are likely to provoke the stalking or harassment of a student or employee.

Press-rights groups support Florida college journalists’ demand for fraternity discipline records

(03/16/15 6:12pm)

The SPLC brief, filed with Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, argues that the student privacy statute, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), cannot constitutionally be applied to obstruct compliance with state open-records laws.

Nudes you can use: What happens when college news organizations choose to bare it all?

(03/17/15 5:19pm)

Each school year, student newspaper staffs publish nude images. While some argue the images accurately convey a newsworthy event, others are published to be edgy, like at the University of Buffalo, where the student newspaper’s annual sex issue features articles about sexual health and related topics. Often accompanying the articles are sexually explicit images some people argue are unsettling to see in a newspaper.

Appeal argues Georgia State U. misappropriated student fees in Georgia Public Broadcasting deal

(03/18/15 6:03pm)

Georgia State University administrators circumvented student fee policies when money for the student-produced radio station directly benefited Georgia Public Broadcasting, according to an appeal to the university system’s Board of Regents that aims to regain student control of the station.

California high school newspaper’s sex issue leads to sexual harassment complaint

(03/20/15 4:52pm)

After a group of four parents sent a complaint to the principal and the superintendent asking for the article to be removed from the NPHS website because it violated the state’s sex education law and the family and penal sections of the California education code, the Conejo Valley Unified School District addressed the controversy at its meeting Tuesday.

Student-produced magazine at U. of North Florida to take brunt of budget cuts

(03/20/15 6:15pm)

FLORIDA — The student-produced magazine at the University of North Florida is in jeopardy.Budget cuts in the 2015-16 fiscal year are just part of a series of setbacks that has hit Spinnaker Magazine, the print product of Spinnaker Media, which also operates a radio station, a television station and a website.When the university’s student government announced earlier this year it would have to cut Spinnaker’s budget, the print operation was hit the hardest.

Under the dome: As professional news outlets vacate state capitols because of budget constraints, student journalists move in to fill the gap

(03/24/15 11:02am)

In four states, student journalists outnumber journalists from professional outlets assigned to the statehouse full-time, where they ensure citizens have access to information about how the state spends their tax dollars and decisions on education, criminal justice and safety regulations.