ERIC Number: ED068969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the High School Newspaper: Problems and Solution.
Manchikes, Alice , Ed.
Kentucky English Bulletin, v22 n1 p7-28 Fall 1972
The question of whether a high school newspaper should act as a voice of official school opinion or should be an organ of dissent is discussed. A student editor argues that the school administration should recognize the students' right to freedom of the press. A teacher-sponsor argues that the newspaper should be part of the curriculum, acting both as a public relations medium and a voice of student opinion. A principal argues that the newspaper can be an expression of the students' search for truth, but that a line needs to be drawn between freedom of the press and the freedom to disrupt orderly educational processes. A librarian argues that if responsible dissent were encouraged by administrators there would be no need for underground newspapers. The Attorney General of Kentucky states that school publications are free to express opinion as long as it is not libelous, obscene, pornographic, inflammatory, or disruptive of school activities. To help schools solve this problem, a journalism curriculum guide for use in various courses is discussed. (DI)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Civil Liberties, Extracurricular Activities, High School Students, Journalism, Press Opinion, Principals, School Newspapers, School Publications, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Teachers, Student Rights, Student School Relationship
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Council of Teachers of English, Louisville.