Fall 2015

XXXVI, No. 3

Student journalists and online video: When are closed captions required?

New rules say that certain content delivered via the internet must be closed captioned. How does this affect student journalists?  Read more

Behind closed doors

Public access advocates have pushed back against university governing boards' closed-door meetings, resulting in legal action. Read more

Under the gun: Colleges debate trigger warnings

Colleges resist pressure to label 'triggering' curriculum despite student calls for more sensitivity when teaching controversial topics. Read more

Does your teacher make the grade?

Parents and educators debate the balance between the public's right to know and privacy when it comes to releasing teacher evaluation data. Read more

Copywrong: Students often clash with administrators over copyright law

Students and administrators frequently misunderstand copyright law and how it relates to student work, often leading to conflicts in schools.  Read more

Free speech, behind the line

Several colleges across the country have attempted to restrict students' speech to "free speech zones," which have been ripe for lawsuits. Read more

40 years later, Still Captive?

The most recent review of the state of high school journalism showed the latest struggles, and the progress made, since the first review in 1974. Read more

A culture of intimidation and mistrust with student media at Fairmont State

This past school year, student journalists at Fairmont State clashed repeatedly with administrators. Their adviser was dismissed and the students felt forced to resign their positions as editors. An SPLC investigation uncovered a culture of intimidation with student media at the university for the past decade.  Read more

Protecting student journalists in Michigan

The SPLC spoke with Jeremy Steele who is heading up the effort in Michigan to pass meaningful legislation that guarantees the rights of student journalists. Read more