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Protecting Student Journalists

February 11, 2016

chronicle-of-higher-edThe Chronicle of Higher Education today published an interview with Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, exploring the effort to protect student journalists in the New Media era. LoMonte observes that “No question that campus publications are being buffeted by all the same economic realities that apply to the professional media. National advertising has dried up, classified ads are almost nonexistent, so the ability to function as an independent, freestanding business entity is very limited. There have been a number of publications that have had to go back to their host institutions for financial assistance after finding themselves unable to sustain a fully independent business model. The greater the degree of entanglement with the institution, the greater the risk of being censored, both legally and just as a practical matter.”