Speck's heavyhanded treatment of the media, especially the university newspaper, The Chart, was cited in an article entitled, "College Media Censorship: Year in Review :"
In April, The Chart at Missouri Southern State University was suddenly forced to gather all information on campus through one official: the director of university relations. School administrators said it was an organizational issue. Chart staffers and student press advocates called it a Stalinesque attempt at information control, enacted in the wake of negative events at the school. According to the newspaper's editor in chief, "I think some people on this campus have the viewpoint that especially with the press this university has had in the past couple months, the less publicity now the better."