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High school students, teachers
report student media censorship

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Hazelwood, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court limited First Amendment protections for high school student journalists, a survey of students and media advisers attending a national journalism convention suggests that censorship in their schools is a common occurrence.hazelwoodcolor

Of the 4,540 students and teachers who attended the National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 15-18, 2012, 500 students and 78 advisers responded to survey questions asking about their experiences with censorship of student media.

Significant numbers of both students (42 percent) and advisers (41 percent) said school officials had told them not to publish or air something. Fifty-four percent of students reported a school official reviews the content of their student news medium before it is published or aired.  And 58 percent of advisers said someone other than students had the final authority to determine the content of the student media they advise.

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