Nevada New Voices bill looks to add on to existing free speech rights

The rights of Nevada’s student journalists could get a boost if a New Voices bill just filed in the state legislature can make it to the governor’s desk. Read more

Amended New Voices bill passes Indiana Senate committee

The Indiana Senate’s Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to pass an amended student press freedom bill on Wednesday. Read more

Texas senator introduces New Voices legislation

Just under the wire for the deadline to file bills for the Texas state legislature, Senator José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, submitted a bill that would grant free speech protection to student journalists in public schools. Read more

The right stuff

For students and journalism educators, recent FAA clarifications on drone use are opening up the skies for aerial newsgathering. Read more

Private California university requests takedown of student news article

The Santa Clara, Santa Clara University’s namesake student newspaper, published an editorial detailing a recent incident of the publication’s censorship by the school’s administration.  Read more

Nebraska student senate upholds veto of Daily Nebraskan funding cut

An effort to overturn a $20,000 funding cut to the Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska, fell one vote short at a university student government meeting Wednesday. Read more

Nebraska student newspaper facing $20,000 funding cut after student body president vetoes fee allocation

The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska, is facing a potential $20,000 funding reduction from the university’s student government for the upcoming academic year. Read more

Missouri New Voices bill moves on to the Senate

Missouri’s Walter Cronkite New Voices Act has successfully passed through the House of Representatives and is halfway home. Read more

Kentucky AG seeks to intervene in WKU, KSU lawsuits

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is joining two student newspapers in fighting back against their colleges’ attempts to withhold public records of investigations into sexual harassment complaints. Read more

Judge dismisses “trial of the [expletive] century” between The Koala and UC-San Diego

A district court in California has thrown out a lawsuit filed by The Koala, a satirical campus publication, against University of California-San Diego administrators and student government. Read more

University of Michigan sued after 106 day delay for four emails

The Mackinac Public Policy Center, a Michigan policy nonprofit, is suing the University of Michigan over a delay in receiving emails from university president Mark Schlissel containing the word “Trump.”  Read more

Arizona New Voices passes House Education Committee, now one step closer to becoming law

In a 10-1 bipartisan vote Monday, the Arizona House Education Committee advanced New Voices legislation that would grant student journalists in the state freedom from administrative censorship. Read more

Washington New Voices clears state Senate with strong bipartisan support

New Voices legislation is one step closer to becoming law in Washington state after senators voted Thursday to move the bill on to the House of Representatives. Read more

Experts say Indiana’s private university police transparency law has no teeth

Margaret Hynds, editor in chief of the Notre Dame Observer, noticed last November that HB 1019, a law former Indiana governor Mike Pence signed, classified private university police departments as public agencies. Read more

Western Kentucky University makes good on threat, sues student paper

Following in the footsteps of the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University on Monday sued its student newspaper, the College Heights Herald, over access to records detailing faculty sexual misconduct investigations. Read more

Indiana New Voices passes House by a wide margin, advances to Senate committee

A bill protecting the free expression rights of student journalists is awaiting action in a Senate committee, fortified by new co-sponsorship, after overwhelmingly passing the Indiana House. Read more

North Dakota bill to protect university research from FOIA requests includes Title IX exemption

A North Dakota bill originally intended to protect trade secrets and university research will become a problem for reporters trying to access university Title IX investigation documents, if passed in its current form. Read more

Ohio reporter successfully gains university presidential records release through claims court

A reporter for The Athens News has successfully obtained documents from Ohio University concerning the semifinal candidates for the university presidency after filing a complaint with the Ohio Court of Claims. Read more

California legislation aims to allow schools to search personal electronic devices

A new bill could end the protections of the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act for members of education institutions, including students. Read more

In unanimous vote, New Voices bill passes Arizona Senate, advances to House

New Voices legislation in Arizona is one step closer to becoming law after moving unanimously Monday through the state Senate. Read more