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We've been reporting on The Red & Black Publisher Harry Montevideo's salary as part of our coverage of the walk-out by student editors earlier this week. His salary offers context into how the paper is doing financially, as well as giving insight into how the paper is being operated by its independently incorporated board of directors.
For posting comments on Facebook about shooting President Obama, Miami Dade College student Joaquin Serrapio was sentenced to probation and 250 hours of community service earlier this year.
An entire generation of students has now grown up in an environment in which free speech in school is limited.
This January will mark the 25th anniversary of the Hazelwood School District v.
The role of student media came under fire after American University’s student newspaper, The Eagle, interviewed an associate professor about breastfeeding in class. The story generated national attention before the paper ever even wrote about it, and Thursday, media and school representatives gathered to talk about the role of student journalism and their rights, as well as what qualifies as news.
“Journalists serve the public interest, but that is not the same as what the public is interested in,” said John Watson, an American University associate professor who was one of the panelists on the forum held at the campus.
The panel consisted of Watson, Director of Media and Interactive Journalism Amy Eisman, Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte, Associated Press Reporter Brett Zongker and was lead by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Communication Rose Ann Robertson.
The Eagle was unfairly criticized as a third-rate, sexist, anti-woman publication targeting faculty, hounding sources and asking biased and sophomoric questions, Robertson said.
“They do make mistakes because they have the unfortunate liability of relying on human beings but it’s a very good paper,” Watson said.
One of the functions of a news media is to put controversial issues on the public agenda, Watson said.
It's increasingly difficult to convince courts to second-guess the judgment of schools in disciplining students for what they say -- even when the speech is created entirely off campus with no indication it was intended to be read at, or cause a disturbance at, the school.
Most college students understand the level of safety on their campus, but sometimes they can get a little too comfortable.
A much needed reminder of campus safety comes this week, as this past Monday was the deadline for colleges to release their annual crime report, as required by the Jeanne Clery Act. All colleges that except federal money, which includes almost all public and private colleges that accept federal financial aid, are required to release this report that chronicles the last three years’ worth of serious crime by category. The act is named after a Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room.
The judicial ruling that would have changed everything for Amanda Tatro came just five months too late.
Tatro, 31, was found dead in her apartment June 26, less than a week after the Minnesota Supreme Court threw out her First Amendment challenge to disciplinary sanctions imposed for some misunderstood jokes she posted on Facebook.
Her college, the University of Minnesota, insisted that it could punish students' speech on social-networking pages -- even if the speech was created off campus on personal time -- and the Minnesota court agreed.
The court fashioned a new legal standard that, for the first time, enables colleges (in Minnesota, at least) to discipline students for speech, even on personal time, that violates the "established professional conduct standards" of their chosen course of study.
We write a lot about principals and college administrators who don't seem to appreciate the value of a free and vigorous student press, so it's nice to write about one who does — Abilene Christian University President Phil Schubert.
Last week, the editorial board of the school's student newspaper, The Optimist, endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term. The endorsement sparked debate on the newspaper's website, where some wondered whether the endorsement was at odds with the school's Christian mission.
Sunday in the Abilene Reporter-News, Schubert publicly defended the paper's right to publish its endorsement:
Abilene Christian University does not endorse political candidates or parties, so some people reacted with surprise when our student newspaper, the Optimist, recently endorsed a presidential candidate.
That provides a great opportunity for me to explain what ACU does endorse: making sure our students receive an education that prepares them to make real choices and engage in independent thought about important issues.
... It would be easy to shy away from diverse opinions about difficult subjects, but in so doing, we would remove from our students the opportunity to practice — in a safe environment — for the challenges and experiences that will shape them into these kind of people.
If you missed it yesterday -- and there was kind of a lot going on -- the SPLC highlighted some of the best election coverage being done by high school and college journalists this year.
A bill awaiting the governor's approval in New Jersey would make it illegal for colleges and universities to require students or applicants' social media user names or passwords.
The bill prohibits both private and public colleges or universities from asking for social media passwords or usernames.
A Texas college administrator who last year wanted reporters at a San Antonio College's student newspaper to pay him in exchange for interviews is no longer is employed.
The relationship between former student life director Jorge Posadas and The Ranger has long been rocky.
Tuesday, a California school district voted to revise an advertising policy that banned advertising content in student publications that supports political candidates, has religious symbols or promotes illegal activities.
"Fantasy Slut League -- Earning Points for Sexual Encounters in High School"
-- The Daily Beast, Oct.
Two events serendipitously collided today in the world of free speech:
(1) The First Amendment advocacy organization, 1forAll, launched its Twitter campaign, #freetotweet, offering a $5,000 scholarship prize rewarding young people for creative and inspiring posts about free expression.
(2) In North Carolina, it became less free for young people to tweet than ever before.
The ability to use the Web to speak without fear of government reprisal is, in many corners of America, a distant and fading promise.
There is no freedom to tweet in Indiana, where a high school senior was expelled -- expelled! -- for a junior-grade George Carlin joke on his personal Twitter account that riffed on the versatility of profanity.
There is no freedom to tweet in Minnesota, where -- thanks to the University of Minnesota's recent victory in a state Supreme Court case -- you can be kicked out of college for making jokes online that, in the college's view, indicate unfitness for your chosen profession.
There is no freedom to tweet in Illinois, where at least 10 students were suspended for involvement in an off-campus Twitter post calling a teacher sexy -- one for writing the post, others for "retweeting" it, and others for protesting the original discipline.
There's nowhere left for Oklahoma State University to hide.
The man in charge of interpreting the federal student privacy law for more than two decades, LeRoy Rooker, told the Tulsa World in an interview this week that Oklahoma State was under no legal requirement to withhold information about campus sexual assaults from the police.
Rooker's interpretation flatly contradicts Oklahoma State legal counsel Gary Clark's insistence that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") forbade the university from alerting campus police about a string of reported sex crimes by a 22-year-old OSU senior.
The student, Nathan Cochran, was charged Dec.
A student in a San Francisco charter school is facing the threat of expulsion after writing a "dark" poem referencing the Newtown school shootings, part of a wave of suspensions and expulsions sweeping the nation since the Dec.
Unnoticed amid the nationwide will-they-or-won't-they fixation with the "fiscal cliff," Congress quietly sent President Obama a revision to the federal student privacy law that broadens access to student records for social workers.
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act (S.
Hundreds of times a year, phones ring in newsrooms across the country, college and professional alike, with a variation of: "Your archives are ruining my life!"
With decades-old back editions being digitized into online-searchable form, youthful indiscretions that seemed to have disappeared into obscurity are Googling their way back into view.
As recently as 46 years ago, states could make it a crime for a white woman to marry a black man; now, we have the son of an interracial couple in the White House.
Put yourself in the place of a school or college attorney. Your client, the institution, is trying to decide whether to fulfill or reject a journalist's request for public records.
Honoring the request is going to be a nuisance, and the records contain some embarrassing information the school would rather not see on the evening news.
The records pretty clearly don't contain any confidential student information -- but the journalist can't easily prove that.