Student press censorship

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For background, our first story was a news article about the cancellation of a senior movie day. Another said he digitally penetrated her without consent, and a fourth said he slapped her when she turned down his advances. Get Involved: Use the hashtag StudentPressFreedom on social media to highlight the importance of a free press. WORLD also reported that Bruce Kirk, dean of the communications school, went so far as to tell newspaper staff members: Your job is to keep the LU reputation and the image as it is. Board of Curators of University of Missouri - A Supreme Court ruling that the University of Missouri could not discipline a college student for profanity and "indecent" sexual references in an "underground" publication that she funded and distributed. For background, New Voices is a student-led, grassroots, bipartisan movement aimed at protecting student journalists from being censored for unjustified reasons. The New Voices Act is three-tiered legislation that states can adopt to restore, protect, and extend student expression rights in K and college. Kandell, a journalism teacher and adviser for a student magazine, Verde, first had them take an online course from the Poynter Institute, a journalism ethics nonprofit, and get advice from groups like the Student Press Law Center. The administration seemed more interested in how the school is perceived by the community than stopping sexual assault, said Howard, who graduated early from Plainfield in December.

My job is to be First Amendment. And while Hazelwood did not overturn Tinker, it has been used to curb the rights guaranteed by Tinker. Only 14 states have protections for students and in some cases, for advisers because of the legislation that New Voices has been pushing for several decades.

How can I help? Vermont is one of 13 states that have taken a more liberal approach: Laws in those states limit administrators from censoring student journalism unless they can show it is obscene, it would violate the law, or it would disrupt classroom teaching.

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But students, First Amendment lawyers, and some politicians see censorship as a growing problem that teaches students not to value free speech at a time when the president of the United States is openly hostile toward the press.

University of Virginia[4] Papish v. The second piece was an editorial about the removal of "A Separate Peace" from the sophomore reading curriculum, after a parent complained about the gay undertones in the book.

Typically this involves interfering with the operation and final publishing authority of a school newspaper , radio, television or other electronic online content generated by students. The SPLC estimates that student media outlets lose thousands of dollars a year due to theft. Kapp said the Plainfield High School principal and school board members were not available for an interview. Stay tuned to Newsdesk for additional cases of student press censorship throughout the year. Kuhlmeier, set the stage for the current debates over how much freedom student media should enjoy. Officials from Burlington and Herriman high schools did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Kandell, a journalism teacher and adviser for a student magazine, Verde, first had them take an online course from the Poynter Institute, a journalism ethics nonprofit, and get advice from groups like the Student Press Law Center. A free press shouldn't stop at the schoolyard However, not all student journalists feel so empowered. In January, the student newspaper of a Brooklyn prep school first reported on a controversy surrounding a racist video of two classmates in blackface. The New Voices Act is three-tiered legislation that states can adopt to restore, protect, and extend student expression rights in K and college.

But I haven't been doing this alone. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The reporting that student journalists do for their communities is vital -- and administrators have an obligation to communicate with students in addressing any legitimate concerns they may have.

More than five months later, FIRE is still awaiting a reply to our letter.

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Board of Curators of University of Missouri - A Supreme Court ruling that the University of Missouri could not discipline a college student for profanity and "indecent" sexual references in an "underground" publication that she funded and distributed.

Student representatives for the newspaper said they believed the papers were stolen due to the Jan. Amanpour: Why I have hope for journalists We need those protections in Texas, which is why I am helping to spearhead the movement in my home state and why I'm lobbying in Austin this month.

Student press censorship

The initiative, a project of the SPLC, can help you connect with supporters in your state. However, the ruling does not define reasonable justification, leaving it open to wide interpretations. United States[ edit ] The states of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts and Oregon have all passed legislation fortifying student journalists' right to free expression. Many of these schools are within their rights to place other values over a free press or freedom of speech, but some have contradictory policies that may suggest their students can also count on First Amendment-like freedoms, when in fact, they cannot. But I haven't been doing this alone. The SPLC estimates that student media outlets lose thousands of dollars a year due to theft. After speaking out against the censorship of her student newspaper, she became a leader for the New Voices legislative movement in Texas. Kuhlmeier , the U. Such a policy — known as a prior restraint — is contrary to basic First Amendment principles by limiting coverage to what administrators deem worthy of publication. Similar drops in student newspapers since the s have been observed in Chicago and New York City.
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