At University of Portland, ‘Campus Ministry Forces Student Media Out’

The student newspaper and yearbook staffs at the University of Portland are being evicted from their offices in the school’s student center to make room for professional staff overseeing a campus religious group. Portland administrators apparently decided upon the shift without consulting students serving on either publication.

Student Petition Pushes for Fired Daily Texan Cartoonist to be Rehired

An active petition on Change.org with more than 170 signatures is demanding The Daily Texan reinstate embattled former cartoonist Stephanie Eisner. The University of Texas sophomore was fired late last month after an editorial illustration she created addressing the Trayvon Martin case earned immense criticism from pockets of readers and a bevy of national media attention.

Rochester Student Magazine Changes ‘F-ck Cats’ Cover of April Fools’ Issue at Request of School Officials

Editors of Reporter magazine at Rochester Institute of Technology removed the phrase “F-CK CATS” from the cover of its upcoming April Fools’ edition yesterday at the urging of school administrators. After the change, other portions of the already-printed issue– traditionally renamed Distorter– were trashed as well.

Students Trash Copies of Georgia State Signal Issue Featuring Sorority Hazing Reports (@gsusignal)

Only hours after a recent issue of The Signal hit campus newsstands at Georgia State University, students were seen allegedly trashing roughly 250 copies, a Student Press Law Center Report confirms. The most likely motivation for the students’ hasty dump-and-run: reports in the issue on GSU sorority hazing practices and other Greek organization investigations.

Chicago State Ordered By Law to Reinstate Fired Student Newspaper Adviser (#freepressvictory)

In a fascinating First Amendment and free press ruling, a federal judge has ordered Chicago State University to rehire a student newspaper adviser fired in 2008 after articles critical of the CSU administration were published. According to local news media and a Student Press Law Center report, the school must reinstate Steven Moore to his previous position– executive director of communications– for at least one year and erase negative references within his employment records. Firing him, the federal judge overseeing the case confirmed, was a violation of his free speech rights.

Purdue Professor Under Fire Charges Student Newspaper with Anti-Semitism

A professor under fire at Purdue University Calumet is now charging the school’s student newspaper with anti-Semitism. The gist: PUC political science professor Maurice Eisenstein has been allegedly spouting uber-offensive comments about Muslims and other groups for years in class and on his Facebook page.

Western Kentucky’s Social Media Monitoring Becomes National Story; Interview with Herald EIC Cole Claybourn

As I posted previously, The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, has alleged in recent coverage that WKU administrators have been aggressively monitoring and disciplining students for social media messages “deemed inappropriate.” According to the Herald, WKU has specifically been tracking some student tweets, even attempting to “shut down several Twitter parody accounts and is sending students to Judicial Affairs for tweets they consider negative against WKU.”

Monmouth College Student Newspaper Theft Linked to Article on Student Nativity Theft

Roughly two-thirds of the 600 copies of The Courier distributed last week at Monmouth College were allegedly stolen and temporarily trashed possibly in response to a Courier story about a separate alleged theft. The Courier recently ran a piece confirming charges had been dropped against five Monmouth students arrested and implicated in a scheme that involved the theft of a nativity scene and its subsequent placement outside the home of Monmouth’s president.

Western Kentucky University Monitoring, Attempting to Silence Some Student Social Media Chatter (#WKU)

A rash of recent news coverage and editorial comment in The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, alleges a somewhat creepy campaign of administrative social media oversight and intimidation. WKU has apparently been monitoring student tweets and Facebook status updates, even attempting to “shut down several Twitter parody accounts and is sending students to Judicial Affairs for tweets they consider negative against WKU.”

Campus Restroom Graffiti Deserves a Fresh Report (@TheSeahawk #graffiti)

Only GOD can judge me!  I eat yogurt.  Where words fail, music speaks.  Sidewalks are just suggestions.  You never realize how shallow your life was until you become a mother.  Please let us express ourselves. — In the photo, the bathroom stall is littered with these random statements, and many more.  Altogether, they equal a […]

Police Search for Suspects, Deem Attack on Bridgewater State Student Journalist a Hate Crime

A campus rally is planned for Tuesday at Bridgewater State University, in response to an alleged recent attack on an editor of the BSU student newspaper The Comment. As I previously posted, a pair of student-age individuals purportedly punched the Comment staffer out of anger over an opinion piece she wrote supporting gay marriage.

Bridgewater State Student Punched in Campus Parking Lot for Writing Opinion Piece Supporting Gay Marriage

The assistant editorial page editor of The Comment at Bridgewater State University was allegedly attacked earlier this week in a campus parking lot in response to an opinion piece she wrote supporting gay marriage.

A Second Printer Rejects LSU’S Legacy Magazine Due to Sexual Fantasy Feature; Interview with Editor Emily Slack

A second printer has refused to publish the latest issue of Legacy Magazine at Louisiana State University because of its concerns about a story on student sexual fetishes. In a podcast chat with me this morning, Legacy editor-in-chief Emily Stack outlines the now-weeklong saga surrounding an article set to run in its upcoming issue.

University of Texas Student Media Board Director ‘Quits Under Pressure’

The director UT Student Media, the board overseeing major student media operations at the University of Texas at Austin, has abruptly “resigned under pressure” only eight months after being hired. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Gary Borders quit without consulting other members of the board, which is described as “quasi-independent” of the university.

Student Photographer Tweets About Almost Getting Arrested in Iowa Covering Protests of Chinese VP Visit

Roughly a half hour ago, Mark Kauzlarich, the photo editor for The Daily Cardinal at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tweeted that he had almost been arrested while covering the ongoing protests in Des Moines, Iowa, centered on a visit there by China’s Vice President Xi Jinping (hat tip to Carl Lavin). He is apparently working on a story appearing in tomorrow’s Cardinal, after traveling to Iowa by bus with members of a Tibetan community living in Madison.