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ERIC Number: ED400541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A "Health Appraisal" of Student Newspapers in the Chicago Public Schools.
Jones, Linda
A study examined the health of school newspapers in the Chicago Public Schools, one of the most troubled school districts in the nation. Surveys were completed by advisers at 70 of the 88 public or private high schools in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Results indicated that (1) almost 1 adviser in 5 reported that the school's principal read the paper before it went to press, or had decided that a particular story or editorial could not run; (2) more than 9 of 10 advisers spent a great deal of time teaching writing; (3) advisers reported that students practiced self-censorship; (4) gender, race, advising experience, and the presence of a journalism degree were not indicators of advisers censoring or allowing censorship; (5) nearly half of all advisers never considered advising the school paper until asked to do it; (6) the staffs produced an average of 6 issues per year; and (7) at more than half of the public schools, students were limited to writing stories and taking photos. Findings suggest that newspapers in the public schools fall short of guidelines proposed by the Freedom Forum: school newspapers should be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights responsibly; students should receive clear instruction on the rights and responsibilities of free expression; media outlets should provide vigorous moral and material support for advisers and school newspapers; advisers should be well trained; and newspapers should publish at least monthly. (Contains 4 tables, 18 notes, and a 14-item bibliography. The survey instrument is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment