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Best practices to shape AI, journalism union

Posted by on Jan 7, 2024 in Blog | Comments Off on Best practices to shape AI, journalism union

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by John Bowen, MJE

Fifteen years ago Feb. 1, 2009, copyright education centered on online term papers.

Back then, USA Today reported, as did SPRC’s blog, about a court case against a company accused selling term papers online without proving content ownership. A US district judge in Illinois ordered the owner of the web-based company to stop selling term papers unless he has permission from the paper’s authors.

News about copyright to date in 2024 hasn’t dealt with term papers, but with “Steamboat Willie” and the original images of Mickey Mouse, freed from copyright limitations. There are, though, limitations that keep Disney in charge of most of copyright control on its work and characters. According to Disney spokespeople, the “More modern” Mickey and characters will remain protected from the public domain.

And, it’s clear, if we don’t pay attention, more lasting copyright issues could zip by without much notice.

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Student expression shouldn’t be foreign to journalists

Posted by on Dec 18, 2023 in Blog | Comments Off on Student expression shouldn’t be foreign to journalists

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Not My King Signs and chants of Abolish Monarchy filled the Westminster area In London, England May 2, 2023. Even in democratic countries, some protestors could face penalties even for a peaceful protest. Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona for Unsplash.com

To appreciate our freedom of speech and freedom of expression, travel abroad. Unfortunately, there are those in this country who think freedoms of expression need to be controlled, especially when they are extolled by students.

by Stan Zoller, MJE

Imagine having to leave your homeland to express yourself.

The mere thought should make you appreciate the fundamental freedoms available to people, let alone journalists, in the United States. Unfortunately, however, there are those who think freedoms of expression need to be controlled, especially when they are extolled by students.

The rights of student journalists play a role far greater than reporting news, sports, voicing opinions or reviewing movies.

Student media is community journalism and the stepping stone for civic engagement. It’s why New Voices laws are more important than ever before.  Student journalists provide the first steps for civic engagement through their coverage of their community – their school where students learn about the First Amendment, learn about the importance of democracy and learn why it’s so important.

What’s needed is a greater understanding why it’s so essential to let students practice and appreciate what they learn.

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Students win money, school board rejects it; Issues create story planning activity

Posted by on Dec 14, 2023 in Blog | Comments Off on Students win money, school board rejects it; Issues create story planning activity

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by John Bowen, MJE

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Knowing what New Voices means helps students grow louder in their fight for rights

Posted by on Dec 5, 2023 in Blog | Comments Off on Knowing what New Voices means helps students grow louder in their fight for rights

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by Tom McHale

We’ve Passed New Voices, Now What?
New Jersey passed student rights legislation in 2021, but only some teachers, administrators and students know the law’s protections. What can all advisers do to ensure student journalists know their rights and how to use them?

Busch Student Center’s Multipurpose Room A buzzed with the chatter of approximately 300 student journalists and advisers. They awaited the start of a Keynote panel that would kick off the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s Fall Conference at Rutgers University. The 2022 conference was our first in-person since the pandemic and the first since New Voices passed in New Jersey in December 2021.

Moderator Bonnie Blackman took the mic and, after welcoming everyone, asked one question: “How many of you know what New Voices is?” 

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Making time for Media Literacy

Posted by on Nov 18, 2023 in Blog | Comments Off on Making time for Media Literacy

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by Diana Day

  • Students need help now to navigate and make sense of the complicated media landscape. Photo by Jorge Franganillo on Unsplash

It’s clear from recent conversations with students this approach doesn’t serve them; they need help now to navigate and make sense of our complicated media landscape

I have found some outstanding resources. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is rather a roundup of tools on my radar right now:

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