Winter 2009-10

To print, or not to print: Whether to run a controversial ad not an easy question for college papers

Advertisements are an economic necessity for many student newspapers, but when their content is controversial, student editors may wonder whether the revenue is worth the headache. Read more

Damaged student - adviser relationships require communication, patience

Adviser-student relationships can hit rough spots, especially when it comes to issues like censorship and staffing. Read more

California's student free expression act enters unchartered territory

Should charter schools be exempt from California's student free expression law?  Read more

The student journalist's dilemma

As ambitious college reporters and editors aim to build resumes and do it all on campus, student newspapers must fight to keep conflicts of interest out of their newsrooms. Read more

Sidelined: Press credential restrictions cause concern among journalists

A press pass is the ticket to successfully covering sports news for any college media outlet. But restrictions attached to passes by athletic conferences have caused concern among journalists. Read more

Finding the key to press rights

The First Amendment protects the freedom of the student press at public colleges across the country, but private institutions operate under a different set of rules -- they are not under the same constitutional obligation to allow any type of speech or any freedom of the press on campus. Some student journalists at private colleges have found ways to protect themselves, though. Read more

Profiles in courage

Students, advisers and administrators engage in confrontations every day about the limits of free speech for student journalists. Students and advisers often must act bravely, putting their reputations and even careers on the line in the name of press freedom. And yet, despite courageous efforts, those involved in conflicts over First Amendment issues rarely receive the attention deserved for their heroism in defending principles of free speech. Read more

Social Anxiety

In the age of social media, school Internet filters can limit high school journalists. Read more

Student journalists need shield law protection

There are legitimate policy arguments for drafting and applying shield laws with reasonable limitations to guard against their abuse to frustrate justice. But we should be beyond the point where your authenticity as a journalist is defined by who signs your paycheck. Shield laws are about protecting the integrity of the newsgathering process, and unpaid students increasingly work at the heart of that process. Read more

Covering suicide raises tough questions for high school papers

Whether and how to cover suicide cases in a high school publication presents a dilemma. The newsworthiness of such a topic is clear, but the effects of reporting on such an unfortunate event to an age group in the height of self-discovery can be brutal, unlike many other stories in the publication. There is no simple "right" or "wrong" answer to covering suicide. Read more

Papers maneuver around obstacles to posting online

A confusingly worded federal law has many schools worried about the amount of student information they can legally put on their Web sites. Read more

Sidebar: Money shots

Lucrative nature of high school sports leads to limitations on news media Read more