Vol. XXXIV, No. 1
Access Want a credential? Better not report on athletes’ injuries, schools say (Page 28)
A wave of football programs introduced bans on injury reporting this season, threatening to revoke journalists’ credentials if they break the rules. For the most part, reporters are complying.
Student journalists struggling for access to private school police records (Page 30)
They can make arrests and often operate as any local police department does. But as student journalists have discovered, it’s not always easy to get campus police at private schools to grant access to their records.
College Seeking readers, student and professional media team up (Page 18)
Amid declining readership, both college and professional media outlets are finding a benefit to one-time partnerships that provide news they wouldn’t otherwise be able to give readers on their own.
Discussion of free speech limitations playing out on college campuses (Page 26)
Debates about freedom of speech — and whether there should be limits placed on speech that offends, particularly religious speech —are playing out on college campuses across the country.
Cover Story 25 years later, a look at one generation under Hazelwood (Page 20)
When the Supreme Court’s ruling came down in January 1988, journalism educators feared the decision would make it more difficult for student journalists to produce good work without the threat of censorship. Now, 25 years later, many believe their worst fears — and more — have come true.
High School Different rules: Administrators seek stricter control of online publications (Page 5)
As high school publications move online, they’re facing stricter scrutiny from administrators who worry about the larger audiences online. Often, students wind up with less control online than they have in print.
‘Anti-Hazelwood’ freedom of expression laws only go so far (Page 8)
An SPLC audit of school district publication polices in Colorado and Oregon finds many of the policies are at odds with the states’ student free expression laws, designed to give students more rights.
In Michigan, an advocate for students’ First Amendment rights (Page 14)
It’s the only partnership of its kind — a law school, journalism school, and a scholastic press association all working together to teach high school students that they have rights, too.
Legal Analysis Law offers some protections for employees, students to speak out (Page 32)
Blanket restrictions on talk between the media and school employees may be legally unenforceable – and such restrictions on students almost certainly are void.
Newspaper Theft 2012 reported newspaper thefts (Page 17)
Newspaper theft is a form of censorship — and an effective one at that. In 2012, student newspapers have reported a total of 27 thefts.
SPLC News Two views on Hazelwood show why conversation must continue (Page 2)
SPLC TipSheet Using legislative records (Page 13)