A legal victory for the student press in Kentucky's ongoing battle for open records

A circuit court judge ruled Oct. 13 that the state Attorney General has the right to privately review public records on sexual assault at Kentucky State University to determine whether the school is required to release them to student reporters.  Read more

Judge releases records in Krakauer case, provides narrow ruling in Montana open records lawsuit

The Montana University System must now release sexual assault records to author Jon Krakauer in a long-standing legal battle, Montana District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Krakauer will have access to the majority of the documents asked for, with names redacted.  Read more

NEWS RELEASE: National award recognizes gutsy Kentucky college journalists whose quest for open records sparked university retaliation

For remaining steadfast after being sued by a university in a battle over open records related to a sexual harassment investigation, the Kentucky Kernel is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 College Press Freedom Award. Read more

Journalism internships with November deadlines

Now is the time to be applying for journalism internships and fellowships for spring and summer of 2018. Many news organizations have deadlines in November, so here's a list to get you started. Read more

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor files appeal to prevent release of his personnel records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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