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New Jersey school district recommends communications officer as newspaper adviser, student journalists resist

At their Sept. 15 meeting, the school board was set to approve Nancy Tucker, the district’s communications officer, as the new adviser for the newspaper. The board decided to postpone the vote. Read more
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Playwickian adviser, student editor receive nationwide support following suspensions

Along with editorials in high school papers in California and Missouri, and a silent show of solidarity at a high school in Texas, student editors in California have raised more than $1,100 in 24 hours to support the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School and its adviser. Read more

Boise State U., criticized for imposing 'security fees' for gun-rights event, agrees to revise speech policies

The policy granted university officials discretion to impose security fees on specific student organizations. The cost to hire the additional “security and/or law enforcement officers,” was then passed down to the organization sponsoring the event in the form of event costs. Read more

Student support for First Amendment rights surpasses adult support, survey shows

The study also shows 61 percent of students agree that they should be allowed to report on controversial issues in their school newspaper without prior review, compared to only 41 percent of teachers who agree. Read more

Playwickian adviser, student editor suspended for defying administrative orders with Redskins ban

Robert Copeland, the superintendent of Neshaminy School District, suspended adviser Tara Huber on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Maddy Buffardi, the newspaper’s opinion editor. Read more
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Student journalists not part of ‘working press’ barred from Ill. gubernatorial candidate’s press conference on medical marijuana

A press representative for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the Columbia College students and their professor, Curtis Lawrence, that the press conference on medical marijuana was open only to the “working press.” Rauner, who is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, would not talk to the students, either. Read more

Chicago Public Schools failed to respond to public records requests in a 'timely manner,' lawsuit alleges

The Better Government Association, a non-profit government watchdog group, and the NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, filed the suit on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court after the school district “willfully and intentionally violated FOIA by failing to respond to FOIA Requests.” Read more
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N.H. student newspaper switches to online-only format after journalism program cut

The faculty adviser for Exeter High School’s student newspaper said he created the online-only format when the publication became an extracurricular activity and participation in the news organization declined. But the organization’s first plunge into the Web has largely been supported by the adviser and students. Read more
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Pitt delays policy agreement giving administration control of faculty intellectual property rights

According to a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a written agreement is necessary for a second party, in this case the university, to claim intellectual property rights. Read more
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Despite student petition, N.Y. art college declines to remove "Dolphin Rape Cave" photo

The image depicts three men dressed in dolphin costumes and two women in bras and underwear in a staged scene of sexual assault. The image is part of a rotating display at the School of Visual Arts that went up Sept. 2 and is scheduled to be taken down today. Read more

Lawsuit alleges Ohio high school students were illegally punished for social media posts

The parents of four high school students have filed a federal suit against their school and local police department, claiming the students were illegally punished for social media posts that school administrators saw as threats. Read more
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Wis. high school reverses prior review policy, returns editorial control to students, adviser

Fond du Lac High School’s student news organization will return to business as usual this academic year with new guidelines, after a prior review policy caused friction between administrators and student journalists in the previous school year. Read more

Copyright law protects U. of Missouri course syllabi from public disclosure, state court rules

The University of Missouri System does not have to release course syllabi because they are protected by copyright laws, a state appellate court ruled last week — a decision the National Council on Teacher Quality plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more
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Auburn U. student newspaper reports more than 1,000 copies stolen

The staff at the student newspaper at Auburn University has reported to local law enforcement that more than 1,000 copies of Thursday’s issue were stolen from seven locations on campus — a loss of nearly $800 for the news organization. Read more

Former Minn. nursing student files appeal after losing Facebook speech case

A federal court has dismissed a suit from a former student at Central Lakes College, who sued college administrators for expelling him from a nursing program over remarks on his personal Facebook page. Read more
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High school journalists cover Michael Brown's funeral after addressing legal, safety concerns

After their adviser and school administrators met to weigh legal and safety concerns — and set rules — the students from Ladue Horton Watkins High School worked alongside national news outlets as they covered Michael Brown’s funeral in St. Louis. Read more

Indiana State U. partners with NPR affiliate, moves student-run station to weaker frequency

Indiana State University on Wednesday announced a partnership with WFYI Public Media, which will rebroadcast its programming on 89.7 FM. The student-produced programming currently broadcast on the station will move to 90.7 FM, which has a weaker signal and less reach. The station will also change its call letters to WZIS. Read more

After punishing student for critical tweet, N.J. school district agrees to change social media policy

A school district in New Jersey agreed to inform its students that it monitors social media accounts after a student sued in federal court when school administrators suspended her for criticizing the principal on Twitter. Read more

U. of Alabama guidelines restrict media access to sorority rush

A year after the student newspaper at the University of Alabama released a scathing report detailing the persistence of racial segregation in sorority recruiting, university officials released new guidelines restricting media access to those involved in rush. Read more

Lawsuit against Purdue U. seeks video footage of encounter between police, student photojournalist

The Purdue Exponent filed suit Tuesday against Purdue University for denying access to surveillance video footage that purportedly shows police manhandling a student photojournalist after he tried to report on a fatal shooting on campus. Read more
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