STATEMENT OF SUPPORT UPDATE (12/4/18):
The faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media is pleased to learn that journalism students from Har-Ber High School will be able to publish their Oct. 30 article and editorial on the school’s football team that the Springdale School superintendent had ordered taken down. We look forward to engaging in a dialog with Springdale school officials to support quality student journalism.
Joint Statement by the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media and the Society of Professional Journalists, Northwest Arkansas Chapter in Support of Har-Ber High School Journalists
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
For Immediate Release
The faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media and members of the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Arkansas disagree with the decision of the Superintendent of Springdale Public Schools to remove from the Har-Ber Herald website the Oct. 30 report on the Har-Ber and Springdale high school football teams and the accompanying editorial.
We believe the public should be allowed to read the article to assess its merits.
We stand with the high school student journalists who are expressing their First Amendment rights by covering important issues to their campus community. We urge the Springdale School District to allow the Har-Ber Herald to continue to serve its community by publishing articles in the public interest.
A foundation of this country is the right of the press to investigate and report the facts, particularly as they relate to a government policy and how that policy is being implemented. Censoring these journalists’ efforts is a chilling reminder of the kind of democracy we do not want to become.
Larry Foley, Chair, School of Journalism and Strategic Media firstname.lastname@example.org
David Conrads, President, SPJ Chapter of Northwest Arkansas email@example.com