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Pushing an unpopular cause - Alumni Profiles
March 2012 Issue
Journalists get little public support, says Frank LoMonte, and student journalists get even less. “A free student press doesn’t have much public support,” he says. Executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va., LoMonte (JD ’00) tackles the first amendment issues at colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools. The center provides legal assistance for student journalists across the nation. “Educators often have little regard for the constitutional rights of students, particularly freedom of speech,” he says. Cases in the courts now include civil speech codes on campuses, what students can and can’t say on social networking sites, sunshine laws involving public records and privacy issues. “Censorship comes from people not secure in their authority,” he says, adding that school officials will try to punish students for saying or writing anything that might affect the orderly operation of the school. “Schools generally are not very good at punishing. Sometimes good teachers are punished for something students did.” …
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