Protecting student journalists

California has a great set of laws that protects student journalists – and now their advisers – from retaliation for reporting. In the larger ecosystem of journalism, I think, students will play a larger and larger role.

“Allowing a school administration to censor in any way is contrary to the democratic process and the ability of a student newspaper to serve as the watchdog and bring sunshine to the actions of school administrators,” [State Sen. Leland] Yee said in a press release. . . .

“California just happens to have some of the best student journalism programs in the country and where the more substantive and aggressive journalism is, that’s where administrators crack down,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Virginia.

  • Andy Freeman

    It’s unclear why it’s unreasonable for student reporters to learn that publishers can spike stories.

  • Principals aren’t publishers. They are subjects. Student journalists report on schools.

  • In the small country of Belgium, all journalists can travel for free in first class on all trains without booking. No escape for businessmen and politicians there!

  • Andy Freeman

    > Principals aren’t publishers.

    Yes they are – principals act on behalf of the folks who provide the facilities and money.

    Freedom of the press is for those who own one.

    Principals shouldn’t have any authority over an independent press, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

    > Student journalists report on schools.

    So? A reporter at one of the news organizations owned by GE isn’t protected from a publisher’s spike just because she decides to report on GE.