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University of Wisconsin system approves policy mandating punishment for students who disrupt free expression

University of Wisconsin schools will now be required to suspend students after two violations and expel them after three. Read more
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Illinois high school confiscates student paper over marijuana story

A high school paper was confiscated by administrators who disapproved of two articles exploring why students smoke marijuana. Read more
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How to cover free speech issues on university campuses

As the debate over free speech on college campuses continues across the country, it's important for student journalists to prepare themselves. Are you ready to cover this issue when it comes to your school? Read more
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Court ruling blocks school board's attempt to restrict public comments

A federal appeals court decided Oct. 2 that a Georgia school board's efforts to pre-approve public speakers at board meetings are unconstitutional.  Read more
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October deadlines for journalism internships fast approaching

Now is the time to be applying for journalism internships and fellowships for spring and summer of 2018. Many news organizations have deadlines in October and early November, so here's a list to get you started. Read more
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Student government and college paper in Pennsylvania clash over publishing budget

Student government officials at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh tried to exercise prior restraint on the student newspaper to prevent reporters from publishing budgetary information. Read more
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Colorado State newspaper crusades for open meetings, greater transparency from university

Colorado State University's student government may have broken state transparency laws by trying to kick student reporters out of the student body president's impeachment hearing. The incident adds to an ongoing perceived lack of transparency from the university’s student government and administration. Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells N.C. court

UNC-Chapel Hill is misapplying the FERPA student privacy law to withhold public records that could help journalists shed light on the way the university does, or does not, punish students found liable for sexual assault, an SPLC legal brief argues. Read more
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Free speech organizations urge court to reverse decision in University of South Carolina lawsuit

A half-dozen free speech groups are backing a University of South Carolina student who says his First Amendment rights were violated by university administrators. Read more
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On Covering DACA, from one undocumented student journalist

It’s been a little over a week since I revealed publicly for the first time that I’m undocumented. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will be rescinded, a current editor of my high school newspaper reached out to me. She asked me, as a former editor-in-chief of the publication, to write something to our community. She wanted my help localizing national news. I agreed. Read more
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University of Louisville newspaper struggles to survive funding cut

The University of Louisville, facing a $48 million budget deficit, announced earlier this summer that it plans to stop purchasing ads in the campus newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal. That money had been 41 percent of the paper's $146,000 annual budget. Read more
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Judge rules in favor of student reporter in University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh open records case

A Winnebago County Circuit Court judge ruled against a professor who tried to stop the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh from releasing his personnel records to student journalist Alex Nemec. Read more
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The Buchtelite bounces back: student reporters revive 128-year-old U of Akron paper

Student journalists at the University of Akron have reinstated the school's 128-year-old newspaper after a semester-long leave of absence—the second in the paper's history. Read more
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Application season is here: more than 60 journalism internships and fellowships coming up

With winter looming closer, now is the time to be applying for journalism internships and fellowships for spring and summer of 2018. Many news organizations have deadlines in early October and November, so here's a list to get you started. Read more
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Society of Professional Journalists praises the SPLC's New Voices initiative

The Society of Professional Journalists published a resolution Sept. 15 commending a Student Press Law Center initiative to pass legislative protections for student journalists. Read more
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UT Austin journalist assaulted while covering protest

A protest at the University of Texas at Austin against a bill banning sanctuary cities in the state turned violent Sept. 1 when a protester hit a Daily Texan reporter, sending him to the hospital. Read more
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Student reporters kicked out of “open” student government meeting

Reporters at the North Carolina State University newspaper Technician pushed back last week after being removed from a controversial student government impeachment hearing. Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: Open-government groups support Kentucky student newspaper's legal battle for public records of harassment investigations

A coalition of open-government groups led by the Student Press Law Center has thrown its support behind college journalists battling for access to public records about sexual harassment investigations against employees at the University of Kentucky. Read more
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What Title IX reform could mean for student journalists

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced last week that the Trump administration plans to revise Obama-era federal guidelines for colleges and universities on handling sexual misconduct. Here's how the current system affects student reporting and where there is room for potential change. Read more
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How to cover DACA as a student journalist: advice from professionals

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, high schools and universities across the country have erupted in protest. This leaves student publications with a serious question: how do you cover DACA in a way that is legal, ethical and engaging? Here's what the experts had to say. Read more
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