ERIC Number: ED152653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
How to Start a High School Underground Newspaper. Fifth Edition.
Stressing the diversity which characterizes the high school underground press movement, the pamphlet presents case histories of several papers, an overview of the first ten years of the high school underground press, and technical information necessary for starting a paper. The first wave of high school underground newspapers appeared in major urban areas during the 1965-66 school year. By 1971 the underground press had reached its peak, but there is current evidence of renewed interest in such newspapers. Issues generally focus on conditions students want changed: dress codes, smoking regulations, study halls, cafeteria food, racism and sexism, and teacher hiring and firing. In this pamphlet, separate sections discuss printing methods, layout, editing procedures, staff organization, and legal rights. Although the First Amendment exempts student publications from censorship, it does not protect obscenity, defamation, or disruption of school activities. In order to establish validity, underground newspapers should offer constructive and well-documented criticism of specific issues. Bias in favor of the student perspective is allowed, but arguments must be presented in a well-organized, convincing, and responsible manner. A bibliography suggests additional sources about printing methods, graphics, student rights, editing, and libel. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Activism, Censorship, Civil Rights, Dress Codes, Editing, Educational Environment, Freedom of Speech, Guides, High School Students, Journalism, Layout (Publications), Legal Problems, News Writing, Printing, Publications, Racism, School Administration, School Law, School Newspapers, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Student Rights, Student School Relationship
Youth Liberation Press, Inc., 2007 Washentaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 ($1.25 paperbound, quantity discounts available)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Youth Liberation Press, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI.
Note: Pamphlet funded in part by RESIST, Somerville, Mass. Not available in paper copy due to marginal reproducibility of originial document.