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Journalists’ society calls for reinstating student newspaper adviser


The Society of Professional Journalists calls on the Board of the North Wind student newspaper/website at Northern Michigan University to reinstate its editorial adviser Cheryl Reed, a seasoned journalist who joined the faculty last year, and reconsider the application of student Michael Williams for 2015-2016 editor.

The Board violated First Amendment principles in dismissing Reed and rejecting Williams April 3 as it made clear it disagreed with the editorial direction of North Wind. The vote came eight days after the chair sent an all-campus email disparaging North Wind's coverage of travel expenses of members of the university's Board of Trustees. “Boards that oversee student media must avoid any hint of censorship or pre-publication interference,” said Dana Neuts, SPJ President. “Colleges and universities ... fortunate enough to have student newspapers should give advisers the freedom to teach students about good, ethical journalism without fear of retribution if something less than positive is published about the institution.”

SPJ calls on NMU administration to review bylaws and practices of the North Wind Board of Directors to ensure adherence to free press principles.

SPJ, based in Indianapolis and representing the interests of some 7,500 journalists across the United States, stands ready to assist the North Wind , legally or otherwise, in complying with its call.

 

Strauss accepted into Legal Diversity Fellows Program


Miller Johnson’s Rebecca L. Strauss was accepted into the 2015?2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program, one of 200 mid-career attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession.

The Fellows have extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, managing partners and general counsel at some of the leading law firms and companies. Each Fellow embarks on a learning program that includes in-person conferences, virtual training, and peer-group projects.

Strauss’s employment and labor law practice includes working with Miller Johnson’s diverse employer base on matters related to employment discrimination, disabilities and accommodation, wage and hour law, and workplace harassment.  

She received her BA from Michigan State University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude. She was a Law Clerk for Judge Ralph B. Guy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, and for Judge Nancy G. Edmunds, U.S. District Circuit, Eastern District.

 

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