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On the Dilemma of Student Journalism
Jonathan Peters and Frank Lomonte in The Atlantic’s College Journalists Need Free Speech More Than Ever:
This is not your father’s journalism industry.
NBC News has a Storify page, the New York Times has a Tumblr, and PBS has a Pinterest board. The Associated Press has built a partnership with dozens of news companies to collect royalties from aggregators. The Wall Street Journal has produced original videos for YouTube, and the people formerly known as the audience can submit photos to CNN through its iPhone app.
In short, the two argue that today’s college journalists are being asked to fulfill community needs for professional news, but are not provided with the legal assurances of safety that professionals are afforded.
For years, they explain (and applaud), there has been a growing consensus that journalism programs ought to become something like teaching hospitals for news production:
* In a 2010 report on sustaining democracy in the digital age, the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy concluded that colleges and universities needed to enhance their roles as “hubs of journalistic activity.”
* In a 2011 report on twenty-first century journalism, the New America Foundation challenged journalism programs to become “anchor institutions involved in the production of community-relevant news.”
* In a 2011 report on the changing media landscape, the FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities recommended that foundations fund “journalism-school residencies” for recent grads to manage “efforts to produce significant journalism for the community, using journalism school students.”
* In a 2012 letter to university presidents, leaders of six of the nation’s largest foundations argued that journalism programs must “recreate themselves if they are to succeed in playing their vital roles as news creators” and that “universities must become forceful partners in revitalizing an industry at the very core of democracy.”
But they worry about the impacts of such legislation as Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, a 25-year-old Supreme Court decision that has been extended to college settings by four federal courts of appeals covering 16 states. It states, in short, that educators may regulate school-sponsored speech “so long as their actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.” An open invitation to limit free speech.
Peters and Lomonte make two suggestions:
- At the college level, courts should adopt the standard established by the 1969 case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which holds that student speech cannot be punished or restrained unless “students’ activities would materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school.”
- States can create extra speech protections (following the lead of California, Illinois, and Oregon) by enacting statutes to protect college journalists and their advisors.
Read the full piece here.
FJP: This is a discussion I’ve had both in college, when I was editor of our campus news magazine, and in J-school. I’ve seen undergraduate students repeatedly hesitate to produce hard-hitting pieces that criticize their university because they can’t rely on their work for the school publication to remain uncensored by the school administration. In J-school—and I’m lucky enough to attend the big C, which has the resources to protect its students in certain cases—legal protection is certainly not available in the same way it is at many news organizations. Yet in both places, I’ve witnessed students repeatedly called upon to produce professional work and serve well-reported, fact-checked news to their local communities.
What worries me the most, however, is a potential cultural byproduct of these limitations: I worry about the impact these constraints have on the development of a student’s ethical framework and confidence as a reporter during his or her most formative years as a young journalist. How many potentially brilliant investigative journalists are we discouraging by limiting their opportunity to freely practice at the university level? Happy to see The Alantic cover this, and happy to see California, Illinois and Oregon’s statutes.—Jihii
Media Law: module refresher before exam
Notes: chronological - Minute-By-Minute on Media law lecture
qualified privilege will be on the test!
there will be a question about copyright.
know the definitions of libel, defamation, contempt (contempt of court act 1981, what can be said and when) and privacy inside out.
Common question: Describe all the stages of an arrest and what can be said before during and after by journalists.
(dispute resolution can be dealt with by lawyers. But as a journalist you must need them to know about the strong basics)
You will have to be able to define, ‘what is defamatory?’
we all agree with Barry.
Can you spot the One Direction reference?
It’s fairly obvious (hint, big red box). I have to write an original court opinion for my media law class where I pretend to be the U.S. Supreme Court and deliver an opinion on a case.
Yes, my nine Justices are One Direction and Little Mix. And Chief Justice Tomlinson rules over his court of sass like the diva he is.
This is what college does to you.
That is all.
“Wait! You've watched Murphy Brown, so you think reporters hanker every day to uncover the big scandal. Bull. Remember, All the President's Men was so unusual they had to make a movie out of it.”—
—Greg Palast, “The Silence of the Lambs: An American in Journalistic Exile,” from Into the Buzzsaw
What I thought was going to be a book full of really tough legal jargon for the media law-related portion of my comps studying is turning out to be the Best Book Ever.
- Me: I've got another case brief due tomorrow. This time the case is 30 pages long. I'm gonna die.
- Friend: Haha. Law school still?
- Me: You should probably ask me *after* I finish it. I'm still fresh faced and naive right now. After it fucks me ruthlessly and relentlessly and leaves me hobbling out of the men's room of Olive Garden with no dignity I can name, then never calls me back, then you can ask me.
Most! Élőben! Washingtonból!
The Center for International Media Assistance and the Central and Eastern Europe Program at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Society Foundations invite you to a discussion on
Hungary’s Media Law: One Year Later
Johns Hopkins University
Central European University
Foundation for Quality Journalism
With remarks by:
Open Society Foundations
National Endowment for Democracy
MÁR VÉGE VAN! De elméletileg a szervezet honlapjáról letölthető a felvétel - a moderátor legalább is ezt mondta :)
You Know Those Annoyingly Loud Commercials?
Soon to be no more. The FCC has adopted rules against loud commercials, effective next year.
Read the entire update from law firm Womble Carlyle, in which we also witness government at their acronym-creating very best.
File under: CALM, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act.
Update: New from Davis Wright Tremaine, A Summary of the FCC Rules Implementing the CALM Act to Regulate Loud TV Commercials…
Today I told my media law professor/department head that I was really glad she started the semester with the Supreme Court Justice system because it came in handy when I was watching The West Wing yesterday. We proceeded to have a ten-minute conversation about CJ Craig, how terrifying it is to get a glimpse of how manipulative our government is without our ever knowing, The Newsroom, and how I should really be watching Scandal.
Sometimes I love my department.
Our media law lecturer is a quotable man. I spent the semester jotting down his quips in the back of my book. My favourites are below.
- “Here, you’ll get more smut, gossip, and people slagging each other off per minute than any other course in this university.”
- “Porn communicates facts - for example, ‘here are some things that could be quite good to do’.”
- “Your assignment, by the way, is to watch porn.”
- “Of course, this isn’t to say that you should roll over like a puppy and let the Solicitor-General scratch your tummy.”
I’m going to miss this class.
University of Oklahoma student journalist sues for access University of Oklahoma student journalist sues for access to parking tickets
NOTE: I am an intern with the Student Press Law Center starting in the fall.
This is what I have been up to the last few weeks before my summer internship starts. Article is by Sara Gregory from the Student Press Law Center.
OKLAHOMA — A University of Oklahoma student is suing for access to parking ticket records the school says are protected by a federal education privacy law.