Spring 2014

XXXV, No. 2

SPLC marks four decades of unleashing captive voices

On October 16, 2014, supporters of a free and courageous student press from around the country will gather at the National Press Club to mark the SPLC’s 40 years of service to our shared priorities. Read more

Marijuana still sensitive topic at many schools even as states move to legalize

Prompted by the legalization of recreational marijuana use in two states, students are more interested than ever in writing about the subject. Many, though, still encounter hurdles when reporting on the drug. Read more

In interest of appearing united, some school boards limit members’ speech

When policies ask school board members to refer all questions to a sole member, it can make it difficult to find out information about the decisions the board is making, reporters say. Read more

Censorship takes the stage: Topical plays draw criticism from officials

After administrators put student productions of “Rent,” “Sweeney Todd” on the chopping block due to sensitive subjects, students and dramatists push back, defending the importance of theater. Read more

For education reporters, PR staff increasingly limit access to sources

Student and professional journalists alike report increasing difficulty when it comes to accessing sources. In response, college newspaper editors say they now teach their staff to have the ‘confidence’ to push back. Read more

At FAU, student journalists report persistent difficulties accessing public records

Even simple records requests are held up by delays and high costs, say journalists at Florida Atlantic University. The problems have been worsening over the past few years, in particular for one student. Read more

Tip Sheet: Covering campus discipline

Every year, colleges and universities report to the federal government how many students are referred for discipline for violating alcohol, drug and weapon violations. These statistics are often overshadowed by statistics that detail violent crimes, but as a Student Press Law Center review shows, disciplinary data can be a useful source for student reporters. Read more

Uncertainty prevails as college newsrooms navigate health care law

The Affordable Care Act says employers must offer health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours per week, prompting many universities to reconsider how student journalists are paid. Read more

When it comes to social media, some old-school legal rules may not apply

In general, legal principles created with print publications in mind are also applicable to social media publishing — with some notable exceptions. Read more