Administrators at Columbia College reverse student newspaper staff cut amid financial turmoil

When Chicago bumps its minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, Columbia College will scale back hours for many of its student workers, and until Wednesday, the number of employees on the student newspaper staff would have been reduced by a quarter. Read more

U. of South Carolina student newspaper editor says photo from marijuana rally could have led to thefts

At one distribution location, security footage showed a man walk out of frame with a stack of newspapers and returning empty-handed “before picking up another stack and walking out of frame once again." Read more

Notre Dame police records are private, judge rules in ESPN lawsuit

The University of Notre Dame police department does not have to give ESPN access to police records about student athletes because it is not a public agency under the state’s open records law, a county judge ruled on Monday. Read more

Delta State U. journalism program, student newspaper print funding axed

Despite cries to save student journalism in the Mississippi Delta, the state’s higher education commission voted unanimously to cut Delta State University’s journalism program Thursday. Read more

Federal lawsuit alleges Northern Michigan U. student newspaper board violated adviser’s free-speech rights in termination

In an attempt to get her job back, the ousted student newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University has filed a federal lawsuit against members of the newspaper’s board of directors, arguing her termination violated her free-speech rights. Read more

Fate of journalism program at Delta State U. to be decided in Thursday board meeting

On Thursday the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees may drive the final nail into the journalism program’s coffin when it decides whether to accept the university’s plan to eliminate the program. Read more

N.J. school board reintroduces changes to student publication policy

The Northern Highlands Board of Education reintroduced changes to its school-sponsored publications policy on Monday after faculty and alumni criticized attempts to change the policy last year. Read more

N.D. governor signs law granting student journalists enhanced free-speech protections

North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law Thursday rules to further protect the free-speech rights of high school and college journalists. Read more

Student newspaper at Ohio U. overcomes reporter turnover in coverage of Sheriff’s corruption charge

Nearly three years after Stuckey’s investigative story ran in The Post, students at Ohio University picked up where Stuckey left off, covering Kelly’s February conviction on 18 counts of theft and corruption and his March sentencing to seven years in prison. Read more

Wash. Supreme Court rules state agencies can release records that detail employees’ misconduct investigations

In a 5-4 decision on April 2, the state's highest court reversed an appeals court’s ruling and determined such an investigation “is merely a status of their public employment, not an intimate detail of their personal lives.” Read more

Md. governor to consider student social-media privacy bill

Three years after Maryland became the first state to protect employees’ social-media lives from their employers’ purview, it could soon become the next state to grant similar protections to students. Read more

Saddled with debt, U. of Montana student newspaper transitions to weekly print cycle

Motivated by a budget shortfall that’s plagued the Montana Kaimin for years, the independent student newspaper’s editorial board agreed Monday evening to become a weekly for the rest of the semester — a significant shift from the previous Tuesday-Friday print cycle. Read more

Former editor of Virginia Tech newspaper says it’s too late for board to hear her side

The former editor in chief of Virginia Tech’s student newspaper has been given a chance to respond to the allegations that led to her firing, but she said “it’s too little, too late” for the Board of Directors to reverse their decision. Read more

SPJ says student newspaper board at Northern Michigan U. violated adviser’s First Amendment rights in termination

The board of directors of the student newspaper at Northern Michigan University violated the First Amendment rights of the news organization’s editorial adviser when it declined to renew her contract last week, according to a Society of Professional Journalists statement calling for her reinstatement. Read more

N.D. House approves ‘anti-Hazelwood’ student press freedom bill

The North Dakota House of Representatives approved legislation on Monday that would protect the free-speech rights of student journalists at public schools and colleges — sending the bill to the governor’s desk for a signature. Read more

Student government at N.Y college freezes — then reinstates — student newspaper funding after April Fool’s Day issue

The stories were fake — part of The Record’s annual April Fools’ Day issue — but outrage over the issue was not. Shortly after the special edition — called The Wreckard — hit stands Wednesday, the student government’s executive vice president froze funding to the student publication. Read more

8 student-media employees terminated at Auburn U. under plans for converged newsroom

ALABAMA — During his three years as the student newspaper adviser at Auburn University, Austin Phillips spent hours each week reading the students’ work, offering advice and answering students’ legal and ethical questions. And although Phillips’ students have the final say on what goes into the paper, “they know they can come to me, call me, email me any time of the day or night to answer any questions,” he said. Read more

Financial turmoil at Virginia Tech’s student newspaper leads to editorial leadership shakedown

Amid negotiations between the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech — a non-profit organization that oversees all student media at the public institution — and university officials over the company’s failing finances and uncertain future, some student leaders argue the company violated its own due process policies to fire its editor in chief. Read more

Student newspaper at U. of Virginia removes April Fools’ Day stories students decried as racist

The student newspaper at the University of Virginia issued an apology and pulled two satirical stories from its website Wednesday after students complained the stories were racist — one of which parodied a student’s violent arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents two weeks ago. Read more

3 Bucknell U. students expelled for racist comments during a student radio broadcast

A disc jockey for WVBU, the student radio station at the private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, and his two guests were on the air on March 20 when they used “racist and violent language,” Bucknell University President John Bravman said on Thursday in an email to students, faculty and staff. Read more