1. The Journalism Education Association upholds the right of students to exercise their freedom of expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, whether it be in the form of print or broadcast media.

    Student journalists have the right to report on and editorialize about all topics, events or issues, including those unpopular or controversial, insofar as they affect or interest the school, community, nation and world. However, students have the same legal obligations as those imposed upon all journalists. Students must refrain from publishing or disseminating material that:

    1. is obscene, according to current legal definitions;
    2. is libelous, according to current legal definitions;
    3. creates a clear and present danger and substantial physical disruption of the school;
    4. is an invasion of privacy, according to current legal standards; and
    5. advertises illegal products or services, as currently defined by legal definitions.

    Student media shall not be subjected to prior restraints, review or censorship by faculty advisers, school administrators, faculty, school boards or any other individual outside the student editorial board, except as stated above, and only when these individuals can demonstrate legally defined justification. In addition, student journalists have the right to determine the content of their media.

  2. Responsible exercise of freedom of expression involves adherence to the highest standards of journalism. Students also have an obligation to learn and observe the legal and ethical responsibilities expected of them as practicing journalists. JEA expects each school system having student media to provide a qualified journalism instructor/adviser to teach students to report information accurately, fairly and perceptively.

  3. Student media help educate students by providing an open forum of expression for journalists and the media's audiences, and as instruments through which students, faculty, administration and the public can gain insight into student thinking and concerns.

    To make this forum and educational experiences possible, the journalism program needs to be supported by an appropriate assortment of finances, equipment and an educational philosophy.

  4. JEA recognizes that all students, regardless of race or socio-economic level, should have equal opportunity to participate in journalism programs and that there is a need to identify and remove inequities which exist in these programs.

The Journalism Education Association is currently involved in an American Civil Liberties Union suit. Check this site for more information.
jea@spub.ksu.edu This page last updated March 19, 1996.