An act relating to school-sponsored media in public high schools. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky




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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/10/16 10 REG. SESS. 10 RS BR 928

AN ACT relating to school-sponsored media in public high schools.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 160 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

(1) As used in this section:

(a) "School-sponsored media" means materials that are:

1. Prepared, substantially written, published, or broadcast by student journalists;

2. Distributed or generally made available, either free of charge or for a fee, to members of the student body; and

3. Prepared under the direction of a student media adviser.

"School-sponsored media" does not include media intended for distribution or transmission solely in the classrooms in which they are produced;

(b) "Student journalist" means a public high school student who gathers, compiles, writes, edits, photographs, records, or prepares information for dissemination in school-sponsored media; and

(c) "Student media advisor" means a person who is employed, appointed, or designated by the school district to supervise or provide instruction relating to high standards of journalism and the production of school-sponsored media.

(2) Each board of education that includes a public high school within its district shall adopt a policy consistent with this section, which shall include:

(a) Reasonable provisions for the time, place, and manner of distributing or otherwise disseminating school-sponsored media in high schools;

(b) Recognition that student journalists are responsible for determining the news content, editorial opinions, features, photography, artwork, and advertising content in school-sponsored media, whether such publications and productions are supported financially by the school or by the use of school facilities, or are produced in conjunction with a class;

(c) Recognition that expression by student journalists in school-sponsored media is not the expression of school policy and shall not be deemed to be an expression of the board, district employees, or parents residing within the district;

(d) Recognition that a student media advisor may not be terminated, transferred, removed, or otherwise disciplined for the expression of student journalists;

(e) Recognition that truth, fairness, accuracy, and responsibility are essential to the practice of journalism and production of school-sponsored media; and

(f) Recognition that school-sponsored media may not include content that is libelous, slanderous, obscene, invasive of privacy, or that incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.


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BR092800.100-928




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