Student press advocates say such apparent retaliation for hard-hitting news coverage is common on college campuses. While courts generally acknowledge greater free press privileges among college journalists than their younger peers, that freedom is far from absolute, said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center in northern Virginia.
Advisers, not students, often bear the brunt of administrative anger, he said — especially, if like Hanrahan, they are at-will employees who lack tenure.
"There are two occupations in America that are more dangerous the better you are at them," said LoMonte. "Journalism adviser and suicide bomber."
Saturday, May 07, 2011
AP picks up Hanrahan story
Associated Press has picked up the story on the firing of Missouri Southern State University newspaper adviser/journalism teacher T. R. Hanrahan, including it as part of a larger piece on retaliations against newspaper advisers whose reporters cover news that administrators would prefer to keep hidden: