Rich's Musings

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Rich Cameron has been the chair of the Journalism program at Cerritos College since 1997. He teaches a variety of journalism classes and advises the school newspaper, the Talon Marks. Prior to 1997 he taught at West Valley College in northern California for more than 16 years. He has also taught at Reedley and Merced community colleges.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Student press freedom

Assembly Speaker pro Tem Leland Y. Yee (D-San Francisco) held a press conference on his AB 2581, "the Hosty bill," today at Skyline College in San Bruno.

AB 2581 would prohibit the censorship of student newspapers at a California college, university or community college. I'm excited that a reporter for the Whittier Daily News decided to cover the story down here. She sent a photographer over to get photos to go with her story. Good exposure for our program.

The need for the bill arose from a seventh circuit court decision that ruled that the First Amendment was not violated when a college administrator required prior review of a student newspaper. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear the appeal. Yee's bill would make it clear that in California students have press freedom. Let's hope it makes its way through the legislative process.


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