Fall 2011

Read no evil

The fear of liability by school administrators — whether expressed publicly or not — is increasingly being used as a justification for censorship. Read more

Stick figures: 'Unquestionably lewd'

On May 18, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came down with a decision in R.O. v. Ithaca City School District that student journalism advocates say is one of the most damaging rulings for free speech in the nation’s high schools in decades. Read more

Seeing double

For most student journalists, covering the news in English is challenging enough. But at a handful of schools across the country, students are leaping beyond expectations by publishing all or part of their publications in multiple languages. Read more

Iraq's independent 'Voice'

As the only student-run paper in the school’s three-year history to take root and publish more than one issue, The Voice is looking to continue what it started while facing educational hurdles and a professional media culture that operates completely opposite of American-style journalism. Read more

The admissions game

Today’s student journalists can be at the forefront of efforts to shed more light on college admissions. From a team of editors keeping up with the Chicago Tribune series to an enterprising reporter at the University of California - Los Angeles poking around the School of Dentistry, admissions coverage has taken on more and more prominence at many student publications. Read more

Spring of discontent

College newspapers rely on advisers for guidance and support, but sometimes those advisers are in need of advice themselves. As university employees charged with ensuring students produce the highest quality work, advisers are often caught between a rock and a hard place when the threat of a sensitive story pushes them to choose sides. With a rash of adviser firings and “removals” sweeping through colleges around the country, advisers are treading carefully. Read more

Taking it off campus

Students published what they believed to be protected speech from an off-campus location. Every time, the students were punished by their school’s administration, arguing that the students’ speech substantially interfered with the educational process. A central issue in each case: Whether the Supreme Court’s 1969 Tinker ruling, which permitted schools to punish on-campus speech if it crosses the line of causing “substantial” disruption, can be applied to off-campus speech as well. Read more

Living social

Experts are discovering that the collegiate media has been fast to sign up and utilize social media, but rather slow to self-police. Read more

Secrecy and foundations

Open government advocates have their sights set on fundraising groups that have evaded public records laws for years despite being run by public employees and conducting the state’s business — university foundations. Read more

Avoiding crime scene confrontations

Student journalists who report on police activity must be aware of the legality or potential illegality of their actions when they seek to capture images and sounds of police in action.  Read more

Mining campus construction records for great stories

Even though money is tight on college campuses, that hasn’t stopped schools from continuing their “arms race” of building swanky dorms, athletic facilities and student centers to make themselves more appealing. According to construction industry estimates, U.S. colleges spent $14 billion putting up new buildings between 2004 and 2008. With that kind of money floating around, the temptation to cheat is powerful. It’s your job to sniff out wasteful construction spending and expose it. Read more