Monday, June 23, 2014

6-24-14 school newspaper censorship policy

A UW Oshkosh journalism professor says he hopes the Fond du Lac School Board does the right thing  and reverses a censorship policy implemented earlier this year by the superintendent.   The policy was implemented in March following an article in the high school newspaper titled “The Rape Joke.”  The school board  reviewed that policy in a workshop session Monday night and an internal committee is recommending an open public forum approach.  UW Oshkosh journalism professor, Vince Filak says the decision by the superintendent to censor the final edition of the student newspaper backed the kids into a corner giving them no time to even discuss why he was doing this.  The superintendent made changes to several stories in the final Cardinal Columns publication including changing a headline and quote in a story about a teen parent.

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