ERIC Number: ED245265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Prior Restraint of Utah High School Newspapers by Advisers.
Pulley, Cynthia Ford; Black, Jay
Forty-seven high school newspaper advisers from Utah completed a questionnaire to determine their knowledge of First Amendment rights of student journalists, and to determine what variables may affect their publication decisions. Eight composite cases were developed from relevant First Amendment court decisions. Respondents were asked if they would print items discussed in the eight cases and whether they had a legal right to do so. In addition, respondents were asked with what criteria they judged the appropriateness of an item for publication. These and demographic factors, including professional credentials, were entered into a regression equation to find out what factors most affected publication decisions. Data were also tabulated with consideration of both legal knowledge and how it affects prior restraint. The findings supported an overall correlation between community standards and censorship. In addition, legal awareness decreased advisers' willingness to censor, but degree of academic journalism training did not. (A copy of the questionnaire used in the study is appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: First Amendment; Press Law; Prior Restraint; Utah
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).