The relentless news of layoffs and falling earnings at media companies may make skeptics question the value of journalism education. Two recent studies make a persuasive case for why scholastic journalism still makes a difference.
At the end of each school year, students pore over their new yearbooks, looking at every picture, picking out their friends and signing messages they hope will retain meaning for years to come. By the time the next year rolls around, that annual is all but forgotten and students are ready to move on to a new year of memory making.
Paper nearly folded after running photo, story on flag-burning
CALIFORNIA -- The superintendent of Shasta Union High School
District in Redding plans to get help from the local newspaper to teach student
journalists how to make calculated editorial decisions.
Sen. Leland Yee was one of about 3,000 protesters in the 1960s who defended a little park on the urban Berkeley campus. The park was owned by the University of California and administrators intended to replace it with a new dormitory.
California teachers stand to get more protection this fall under a bill meant to keep high school and college administrators from retaliating against them for protecting student free speech or expression.
It had been a long day at school for Avery Doninger. Her principal, Karissa Niehoff, told her about scheduling conflicts the school was having with “Jamfest” — a battle of the bands contest Doninger worked to coordinate as junior class secretary for her Burlington, Conn., high school. Doninger believed because of those conflicts, the event would be effectively canceled.
If retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has her way, students across the country will be donning controversial T-shirts and unrepentantly violating school dress codes ‘ in a virtual sense, at least.
It is a routine practice for people looking for internships and jobs. One letter after another, they carefully type their names into Google and hit “Enter” to delve up their pasts. High school sprinting records. Scholarship announcements. And a mention in the university police blotter for underage drinking?
Inside, American flags will drape over the walls while balloons float to the floor below. Music will keep the mood light and delegates on their feet. Outside, protesters will rattle chain-link fences and scream insults as riot police stand ready to squash violent protests.
It might be impossible to predict just how the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates would act as commander in chief, but looking at what Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama have done in their careers could give potential voters a clue.
University to pay largest-ever fine for faulty crime reporting
MICHIGAN -- Eastern Michigan University in June was ordered to
pay $350,000 in fines for 13 violations of the Clery Act, the largest fine ever
imposed for violating the law governing disclosure of campus crime data.The fine
is $7,500 less than the original amount issued by the U.S.
Proposed changes to the regulations governing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act could result in denying access to information that would be crucial to keep schools accountable, some First Amendment advocates say.
High school journalism depends on minors consenting to interviews. In Claremont, Calif., a high school junior told the student newspaper she supported a new law banning cell phones while driving. A freshman at a Jewish day school in Rockville, Md., discussed morality and capital punishment with her student publication. And in Palo Alto, Calif., a student newspaper quoted a high school junior on his feelings about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Courts in two recent cases have reaffirmed that university professors and administrators are public figures who face heavy burdens when trying to claim they were harmed by information published or circulated about them.
Former student plans appeal in suit against Colo. prosecutor
COLORADO -- A former University of Northern Colorado student
will appeal a federal judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against a
prosecutor to the 10th U.S.
When student editors decide to go it alone, the road can be a rocky one. At Quinnipiac University, Jason Braff looks at his online publication’s bank account. It’s empty. Meanwhile, Aaron Montoya of Colorado State University wrangles with the Internal Revenue Service as Bobby Melok of Montclair State University sits with his lawyer drafting paperwork.
Kalyn Feigenbaum was sitting in the DJ’s chair at Pennsylvania State University’s WKPS radio when it happened. Through the driving bass line and shattering cymbal crashes, she heard it come over the airwaves as though it was a hand slapping her in the face.
IN THE COURTS
Editors sue school, student government over budget cutback
GEORGIA -- Editors at The Inkwell, Armstrong Atlantic
State University's student newspaper, filed a lawsuit against the
university and its Student Government Association in June accusing the school of
stifling their right to free speech.
Angela Mensing, former editor in chief of The Inkwell, claimed the
university slashed the newspaper's budget for 2008-09 year because of the
paper's aggressive and critical approach to covering the school
administration and SGA.
"The university didn't like our content choices, they
didn't like the stories and they didn't like the way we covered the
student government," Mensing said.
In March, the university's student government cut the amount The
Inkwell receives from student fees by $14,760.