ERIC Number: ED335689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Administrator and the College Press: Strategies for a Successful Relationship.
Cook, Betsy B.
Encountering an aggressive student press can be an intimidating and frustrating experience for an administrator. By understanding the rights and responsibilities of a college newspaper staff, administrators can improve their relationships with the press, as well as benefit themselves by using the newspaper to inform campus groups of important information. Although student newspapers are often associated with schools or departments of journalism and have faculty or staff advisors, the advisor has no editorial control or censorship rights. Administrators, however, can use letters to the editor expressing opinions or concerns about campus issues to gain access to the student newspaper. In addition, when mistakes appear in the student newspaper, the administrator should contact the editor or managing editor. Most student newspapers will publish a correction in the next edition, and some will even publish clarifications of previously published stories. Freedom of information laws and legal precedents set in the United States Supreme Court's decision in the case of "Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier" and other cases illustrate that school authorities may not censor content, withdraw financial support, or fire editors over disagreements in viewpoint if the newspaper is legally considered a "forum for student expression" or a "public forum." It is important for administrators to understand the areas of the student press that can be regulated or censored if there is a threat of substantial disruption of the educational environment or liability. (Nineteen notes are included and 12 references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrator Rights; First Amendment; Freedom of Information Act; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier
Note: Paper presented at the National Seminar on Successful College Administration (Orlando, FL, February 1989).