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Fight for the right distributes flyer

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

Supporters of the Fight for the Right to Write are currently distributing flyers within their community.

The group’s Facebook page reports more about the flyers and about T-shirts the group has for sale. Their page also has contact information for those wishing to be involved and an order form for T-shirts.

The group has a May 3 informational meeting for any interested in changing the Puyallup policies of prior review.

Look at the group’s flyer here.

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Playing in the court of public opinion

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

Students and friends of student media in Washington’s Puyallup school district are ready to take the next step in their fight against prior review since a jury declared they had not invaded students’ privacy and the school had no liability in a story about oral sex.

Their next fight will be in the court of public opinion.

Student journalists in the three schools have set up a Facebook site in preparation for an organizational meeting May 3 to urge local schools to drop prior review from Puyallup publication policies. The site has 300 plus friends.

They also have a Twitter site.

They are psyched and have T-shirts, buttons and flyers.

They have talked to Henry Rome, 2009 JEA Journalist of the Year who, with other students in his community started a website to convince his school not to implement prior review.

The Friends of the Spoke won. The Conestoga High students also presented a session at the Portland JEA/NSPA convention  about how others could duplicate their feat. Rome also addressed the convention about their fight. Their website also has information on the resources they used in an effort to change the board’s views.

Now, the Puyallup students will try to do the same.

Check out their website. Join their cause. Consider such action if you face prior review.

Prior review – which leads only to prior restraint –has no educational value. Help end it in Puyallup’s schools.

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Paper carries more information on Puyallup decision

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

The News Tribune today reported more information about a jury’s decision that student journalists did not invade the privacy of four other students or negligently publish their names.

The story also notes some jury members told the school’s lawyer that the jury believed in freedom of expression and that the story concerned matters of concern and relevance to students in general.

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Jury finds for school district in Puyallup case

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

The News Tribune is reporting the jury found for the Puyallup school district. The story indicates more information coming tomorrow.

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Puyallup case goes to jury

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments

For an update on the Puyallup, Washington, “oral sex coverage,” go to this SPLC Newsflash.

The SPLC reports the judge in the case “issued a confusing ruling in which she determined that The Jagwire was a “limited public forum,” but said that it was nevertheless subject to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 Hazelwood ruling, which allows school officials to censor student speech when they can demonstrate a reasonable educational justification.”

Observers expect a decision by the end of the week.

Reading information available so far should make for interesting class discussion.

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