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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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will be rescinded, a current editor of my high school newspaper reached out to me.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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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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Student Press Law Center Names New Executive Director

Hadar Harris, a human rights attorney and non-profit leader with a passion for working with and on behalf of students, will become the next executive director of the Student Press Law Center, effective Sept. 6, 2017. Read more
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American Bar Association House of Delegates unanimously passes New Voices resolution

In a major development in the movement for student press freedom, the American Bar Association has announced its support for New Voices legislation.  Read more
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Student journalist challenges University of Wisconsin for records in investigation of professor

When a professor was pulled out of a lecture and suddenly stopped teaching his other classes, Alex Nemec, a student journalist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, filed records requests to find out why. Nemec has encountered two hurdles to accessing records, the first imposed by the University and the second by the professor himself. Read more
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Court says FERPA forbids sharing UK harassment records with attorney general

The Kentucky attorney general will appeal a ruling from a circuit court’s determination that he does not have authority to review records the University of Kentucky has kept confidential following sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: Journalism groups rally behind UCSD student media against retaliatory withdrawal of financial support

In a brief filed Monday, the SPLC and seven national press-freedom organizations argue that a federal district judge erred in concluding that a public university can discontinue funding for student media anytime for any reason, even if motivated to punish the editors for unwanted viewpoints. Read more
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