Winter 2006-07

SPLC announces additions to free high school online resources

The Student Press Law Center is pleased to announce new additions to our Web site especially for high school teachers and student media advisers as well as student journalists: two new Media Law Presentations and an expansion of the Test Your Knowledge of Student Press Law online quiz. Read more


In the story ''Rays of Hope Amid Dying Legislation'' on page 8 of the Fall 2006 SPLC Report, Michigan state Sen. Michael Switalski's name was misspelled.  Read more

Newspaper theft on the rise

The number of newspaper theft incidents is on the rise compared to previous years' statistics, with 15 incidents reported to the Student Press Law Center thus far this school year. Read more

Probing policies

Web sites such as and can offer a relaxed, online forum for students to vent about the usual adolescent quandaries ' classmates, school, homework and parents ' and those sites are often read by peers, and in some cases, school officials. Read more

Calling for backup

In a September search for the anonymous authors of a sexually-explicit MySpace page, a Georgia high school pulled out all the stops, using a police-issued subpoena to track down two students. Read more

Dangerous minds

Several First Amendment organizations dedicated to protecting student rights recognize that in the Internet age, it is even more important that students understand the possible consequences of their speech. The popularity of social networking sites, including and, is increasing, with MySpace becoming the most visited site on the Internet in July 2006. Read more

Administrative records more open in California

A California Court of Appeal's decision to open investigative reports regarding a former school administrator to a local newspaper is a victory for both professional and student journalists in the state, the paper's editor said. Read more

Taking the plunge

As media sources increasingly use technology and the Internet to disseminate up-to-the-second information, experts say that student media groups may lead the way. While many student newspapers have online versions of their paper, The Campus Lantern is the first college student media organization to cease print publication and create an online-only daily newspaper, said Consultant Bryan Murley from The Center for Innovation of College Media, a think tank assisting student media in adapting and flourishing in the new media environment. Read more

Native tongue

In tribal college media, student journalists and their advocates say they treasure independence, and they know that in the past, freedom of the press has been considered optional by school officials. Read more

Trashing their image

Orientation issues are a staple for most college student newspapers and often offer freshmen a first glimpse into college life. But it is the audience that these freshman guides target — new students and their parents — that student editors say makes school administrators especially wary about content. Read more

College papers around the country run editorial to support ousted USC editor

Eighteen college newspapers published the same editorial on Dec. 5 in support of Fox, who had been re-elected by the Daily Trojan's staff but was not approved by the university's media board. Read more

Ineffective protections: A recent court decision has rendered California's private college free-expression law useless, advocates say

First Amendment advocates say a recent California Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal from a former Occidental College radio host has left a gaping hole in California’s Leonard Law, which affords freedom of expression protection to private college students. Read more

Lawsuits explore religion, freedom of expression

In September, a federal court ruled the that Saginaw School District in Michigan had violated the First Amendment rights of Hadley Elementary School student Joel Curry when the school did not allow him to hand out an ornament with a religious message attached. Read more