Fall 2010

Spill-bound students

When Zachary Goldstein, contributing writer for the Florida State View, traveled to Dauphin Island on the Gulf Coast to cover the oil spill for his first big assignment, he knew it wouldn’t be easy. Read more

Preparing for the reporting environment of an environmental disaster

Covering an environmental disaster can be difficult for student journalists — not only do they have to work on nailing a really great story, but they have to consider everything from personal safety to dealing with emotionally traumatized sources. Read more

Journalists fight FERPA as they try to access information on award distribution

Some journalists have found that when it comes to scholarships, it’s not a matter of financial need or academic qualifications, but of who you know. But getting at that information has required surmounting some freedom-of-information roadblocks. Read more

Ride-alongs present complex legal, ethical challenges for student reporters

Ride-alongs with police officers can be effective in giving reporter’s an insider’s view of the police department and its operations, but there are ethical and legal considerations student journalists should be aware of before embarking on one. Read more

Winning the battle, losing the war

Although it has been three years since Ocean County College settled a First Amendment lawsuit brought by three student journalists, former staff members claim most of the settlement terms were never met. Read more

Handling hate speech

Journalists are trained to value and defend freedom of speech for everyone, even those with extreme views whose opinions may offend listeners. But when speakers use the student media to mock or criticize minority groups, student journalists have faced backlash from their campuses that can put college financial support at risk. Read more

Students are forced to defend their journalistic work before student conduct boards and judicial hearings

College journalists are accustomed to facing angry letters, nasty e-mails and dirty looks from the campus officials they cover. But lately, some have been faced with a much more intimidating response to their newsgathering: disciplinary charges before student conduct boards. Read more

Divining retaliation from a shrinking budget

With duct taped mouths and signs sporting slogans such as ‘‘No Newspaper, No Voice,’‘ students at Fremont High School protested the school’s decision to cancel the journalism class for the 2010-2011 school year. Read more

Committees, controversies and cuts: College media programs lose funds

Budget problems are hitting college newspapers hard, and the motives behind them are sometimes ambiguous, with money woes used as a smokescreen for penalizing editorial content. Read more

Schools' restrictions on posting photos and other identifying information online can leave a hole in high school student journalists' reporting

With the increasing move toward online journalism, high schools across the country are struggling to find a balance between teaching journalism for the Web while also responding to parents’ safety concerns. Read more

Fighting, writing and changing minds

When four students sued the Puyallup School District in 2008 claiming the JagWire student newspaper violated their privacy, no one really expected anything good to come out of the lawsuit for student journalists. Read more

Using foundation financial records

University foundations control hundreds of billions of dollars in donor assets Harvard’s investment portfolio alone is valued at well over $25 billion. At public colleges, foundations often resist complying with the same disclosure laws that apply to their affiliated universities, claiming to be nonprofit corporations and not government agencies. But there are ways to peek behind the curtain of secrecy and inform the public about how these monied and influential institutions operate. Read more

SPLC proudly debuts new and improved website

We hope that, when you take a look through the revamped splc.org site, you’ll agree that the redesign — the first overhaul of the site in more than nine years — makes the website a more appealing place to linger and a more useful place to learn. Read more

Is this the end of free radio?

What follows is an introduction to the copyright issues facing student broadcasters in a technologically diverse and evolving environment. Along with a brief history of recording copyright, this article examines both the House and Senate versions of the Performance Rights Act and provides some basic advice on how to best advocate as student broadcasters. Finally, it concludes by putting the debate surrounding radio copyright fees in the broader context of an industry transitioning toward a digital future. Read more