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E D I T O R ' S NOTE Help Keep the Free Press Free T HIS PAST WEEKEND MY LOCAL PBS STATION aired a 30th anniversary edition of the film All the President's Men, based on the 1974 book of the same name. Part biography, part mystery, part historical document, the book detailing the exploits of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein became required reading for a whole generation of journalists, and put the phrase investiga- tive journalism into the American consciousness. It launched a remarkable era of some incredible reporting in which the media discourse is at the core of all education the first reaction by truly became watchdogs of the people. These days, however, corporate interests often dictate news officials is to attempt to restrict the ability of student journalists coverage and journalists are cowed into spiking important sto- to do their jobs, says Mead Loop, vice president for campus ries, lest they be fired or branded as unpatriotic. The main- chapter affairs. Whether it is censorship, theft of publications, stream media seem to have given up on the pursuit of truth, removal of advisers, or another tactic, some administrators teach students the lesson that the First Amendment comes second to rarely probing or asking the tough questions. Realizing that in-depth journalism may be headed to the their own point of view. The SPJ statement has been printed on wallet-sized cards, endangered species list, the Society of Professional Journalists which student journalists and advis- is hoping to protect the last vestiges ers can use to educate others, includ- of independent reporting by urging colleges and universities around the The mainstream media seem ing administrators, about the rights of student media. The card reads: country to designate their student publications as public forums that to have given up on asking Student media are designated public forums, and free from censorship and would be free from censorship by ad- the tough questions. advance approval of content. Because ministrators. content and funding are unrelated, The campaign comes as a result of the 2005 case of Hosty v. Carter, in which Governors State student media are free to develop editorial policies and news University's Ill. student newspaper, The Innovator, ran afoul of coverage with the understanding that students and student or- the administration by publishing some scathing reports on ad- ganizations speak only for themselves. Administrators, faculty, ministrators. In response, former Dean Patricia Carter ordered staff, or other agents shall not consider the student media's con- copies of the newspaper seized, and notified the printer that no tent when making decisions regarding the media's funding. The cards available by calling SPJ's Loop at 607-274-3047 future editions could be published without prior administrative review. The printer alerted the students, who sued the school can be used as a model for adoption by colleges or as a guide in for violating their rights. For her part, Carter said she wanted to a school's own statement of principle. In a time when Britney Spears' parenting abilities pass for review the paper for grammar and punctuation mistakes. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the uni- front page news, it's important that college and university ad- versity, citing the 1988 case of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, which ministrators support the young journalists who will one day, it allowed censorship in certain cases at the high school level. The is hoped, be responsible for speaking truth to power. court ruled that the same restrictions observed by high school newspapers in the state also apply to the college press. But the SPJ believes that other institutions might be more supportive of a free press with the public forum designation. It is a sad irony that at some colleges places where public Write to Tim Goral at July 2006 | 13 Edspage706.indd 13 6/21/06 3:17:02 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - July 2006

College Index
Advisory Board
Company Index
Editor's Note
People Watch
Sense of Place
Stats Watcch
Human Resources
Future Shock
Money Matters
Community Colleges
Diamond in the Mudd
Higher Ed at the Crossroads
Property Values
The President Next Door
Good Medicine
The Outs (and Ins) of Facility Management
Business Technology
What's New
Calendar of Events
Direct Connect
End Note

University Business - July 2006