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Press Rights Commission sessions at KC

Posted by on Nov 7, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

Those looking for sessions about legal issues at the Kansas City JEA/NSPA convention can consider these sessions offered by members of the press rights commission:

• Designing a Strong Editorial Policy, Friday 9 am, 2206 KCCC: Editorial policies can be your strongest ally or your worst enemy. Learn what a strong policy should contain and what to avoid.

• Get Certified: Legal and Ethical Issues, Friday 10 am, 3501 B KCCC: It’s part of the strand for those taking or thinking about taking the CJE or MJE, BUT it’s also good overview of issues advisers should know.

• Open Forum, Friday, 11 am, 2207 KCCC: An open forum for students, advisers and administrators to raise concerns and issues regarding legal and ethical issues they face. Members of the press rights commission will lead the discussion.

• Teaching Accountability: Student Journalists and Ethical Choices, Friday 2:30 pm, 2205 KCCC: This session is geared to new advisers who want to build programs where students learn sound reporting and editing practices, and are held accountable for what they publish or broadcast. This session will present essential elements of media ethics that student journalists must understand before they begin their work.

• Open Forum, Saturday, 11 am, 2503 B KCCC: An open forum for students, advisers and administrators to raise concerns and issues regarding legal and ethical issues they face. Members of the press rights commission will lead the discussion.

• Think F1rst, Saturday, noon, 2201 KCCC: The Press Rights Commission’s Student Partners  group will present a session directed toward raising awareness of First Amendment issues and for students who are undergoing some sort of First Amendment crisis and are looking for solutions to a vexing problem. A question-and-answer session will follow.

• Press Rights and the Private School, Saturday, 2:30 2208, KCCC: Presented by a member of the commission’s Student Partner, 45Words, this session will tell how a student successfully dismantled the process of prior review at this private school this year.


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45Words t-shirts and more

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission’s Student Partners have been cooking up some great ideas for what they’re going to be doing at the national convention next week in Kansas City.

We hope you’ll help support their endeavors in a couple of different ways. They’ve got some amazing things planned:

• 45words t-shirts

Those at the Portland convention will remember these classy T-shirts with the 45 words of the First Amendment. The  T-shirts will be for sale at the 45words booth in the trade show exhibit area. The shirts that were so popular in Portland will be for sale at our booth for only $10 per shirt. Check out the logo above or on the in-progress 45words.org student blogsite to see what the shirt looks like. We will only have 200 shirts for sale (add in more details on sizes here), so get yours as soon as you can. You an place an order ahead of time if you are going to pick up the shirts in KC.

If you will be at the convention and want to pre-order shirts, please contact John Bowen at jabowen@kent.edu before Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 3 pm.

• 45words booth

At their booth, the students will ask students to share their stories and experiences in dealing with the First Amendment. Video will be uploaded to their blog (45words.org) each evening. There will also be free First Amendment posters and buttons.

• Student Presentation

On Saturday at noon (Think F1rst), the group will present a session directed toward raising awareness of First Amendment issues designed to assist students undergoing some sort of First Amendment crisis. The session will also help students, advisers and administrators looking for solutions to vexing First Amendment problems. A question-and-answer session will follow. Check these amazing students out in Convention Center 2201.

• Applications

We are looking for our next group of Student Partners to replace those who will graduate at the end of the year. If you have students who are interested in being a part of this group, talk to one of the Student Partners at our booth or after their session. They’ll be wearing name badges that have a yellow ribbon identifying them as Student Partners.

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