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Advocates seek reversal of Northwest College trustees' vote abolishing journalism

The Wyoming teacher association, which is providing legal representation to Northwest College's embattled faculty journalism adviser, is urging supporters of the student newspaper to contact college trustees seeking reconsideration of a 4-2 vote to eliminate Northwest's journalism courses.   Read more
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Erasing the narrative: Student journalists face an increasing amount of takedown requests

High school and college newspapers have been grappling with requests for content removal from former sources and contributors.  Read more
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Turning free speech rights inside out

Schools and courts have been divided while navigating school dress codes and student's First Amendment rights. Read more
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Student press freedom bill unanimously clears Senate committee as school lobbyists drop opposition

After unanimously passing the Illinois House, a student press rights bill cleared its toughest hurdle Tuesday and needs only a Senate floor vote and the House's concurrence in minor Senate amendments before heading to the governor's desk. Read more
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New Voices advocates regroup in Missouri after bill stalls in state Senate

Advocates say they'll be back in 2017 to try to pass student press rights legislation, which died in the Missouri Senate after school administrators lobbied against it. Read more
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No laughing matter: College comedy papers struggle with 'political correctness' climate

College comedy publications have had to redefine the line between offensiveness and humor to appeal to a new generation. Read more
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Language in transition: How student journalists cover transgender issues

Student journalists are working to balance clarity and sensitivity when covering transgender issues at school.  Read more
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When campus discipline doesn't add up

Many large public universities report zero or nearly zero liquor law violations and drug abuse offenses — a side effect of the wide variations allowed in reporting campus crimes under the federal Clery Act.  Read more
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Maryland New Voices press freedom bill signed into law

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law Tuesday a bill designed to protect the free-speech rights of high school and college journalists, effective Oct. 1.  Read more
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At some universities, there are blurred lines between public relations and student media

Some universities have tried to blend traditional student journalism with public relations, prompting ethics questions and some raised eyebrows. Read more
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Illinois House unanimously sends New Voices press freedom bill on to Senate

Nearly 20 years after Illinois' governor unexpectedly vetoed a measure protecting student journalists against institutional censorship, press-rights advocates are halfway toward their long-sought goal.  Read more
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Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing

The student press freedom legislation, which already passed the state House, now moves on to the Senate floor. Read more
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Southern Oregon University student journalists fight to save 90-year-old publication

The student journalists have eight weeks to save the Siskiyou — either by raising $50,000 for an endowment or by applying for student government funds. Read more
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Maryland legislature passes student press freedom bill

The bill, which would guarantee free speech protections to high school and college journalists, is now on the governor's desk. Read more
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Florida appellate court rules that universities cannot withhold names of student government officials

The Fifth District Court of Appeal withdrew its earlier opinion and decided the trial court had erred when it comes to student government officials' misconduct being protected by FERPA. Read more
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Ninth Circuit ruling in California student expression case may be “dangerous for campus speech,” lawyers say

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in O’Brien v. Welty that a university harassment policy was not unconstitutionally overbroad.  Read more
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Maryland House approves student press freedom bill, final vote expected soon

The Senate is expected to give final consideration to the New Voices bill before midnight on Monday.  Read more
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Illinois student press freedom bill passes unanimously through House committee

The Illinois New Voices bill would extend First Amendment protections to high school journalists. College journalists in the state are already protected. Read more
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Student publications on three college campuses fall victim to newspaper theft

Hundreds of newspapers were stolen at three colleges in March because of articles some found to be controversial.  Read more
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New Nebraska law allows universities to only name a single candidate for top positions

University of Nebraska administrators now only have to present a single candidate for chancellor and president positions, instead of four.  Read more
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