Additional Findings

We were unable to make graphics and display all of our findings in our survey summary, but we thought you may find the following additional insights helpful:

Newspaper Advisers’ Roles and Abilities

  • 72% of advisers have the power to say a story can’t run online
    • 34% of those have told student journalists that they can’t run a story online
    • 38% of those have the power to tell student they can’t run a story online, but in the student editor’s experience, the advisor has not used that power
  • 70% of advisers have to power to say a story can’t be printed
    • 30% have told student journalists that they a story can’t be printed
    • 40% of those of those have the power to tell student they a story can’t be printed, but in the student editor’s experience, the advisor has not used that power
  • 58% of advisers have the ability to discourage students from pursuing certain stories
  • 74% of advisers have the ability to request that student staff members notify them of potentially controversial articles
  • 24% of advisers have the ability to control the publication’s general email
  • 20% of advisers have the ability to control the publication’s tip line or tip line email
  • 60% of advisers have the ability to dismiss employees

Other University Employees’ Roles and Abilities

  • 71.1% have a university employee (besides an adviser) with the power to say a story can’t be published online or in print
    • 31.6% have the power to say a story can’t be published online or in print, and have done so
    • 39.5% have the power to say a story can’t be published online or in print, but haven’t in the student’s experience
  • 71.1% have a university employee who encourages students to pursue or not pursue certain stories

Student editors were asked to rank the following prompts of a scale of on a scale of 1–5, with one being “not at all” and five being “absolutely” or “immensely.”

Christian Culture

  • 4% responded “not at all” to the statement: “The Christian culture at my school affects which stories my publication chooses to cover.”
  • 76% held middleground to the above statement
  • 20% responded “immensely” to the above statement

Freedom of the press compared to public schools

  • 8% responded “not at all” to the statement: “My school gives us the same freedom of the press as public universities give their students.”
  • 68% held middleground to the above statement
  • 24% said “absolutely” to the above statment

Encouragement to pursue jobs at secular publication

  • 42% responded “absolutely” to the statement: “Professors and other university officials encourage students to pursue jobs at secular publications or news outlets.”

Journalism Skills

  • 78% of students responded “yes” to: “I’ve researched, interviewed sources and written an article within eight hours of being assigned the story.”

Story Coverage
We asked: If the following event happened, would the newspaper cover it?

  • Students stealing from local businesses: 33 student editors said their student paper would cover it, 17 would not cover it
  • Theatre major asked to lose 15 pounds for a role: 32 would cover, 18 would not cover
  • A student who is gay requested to stay in university-owned dorms, creating controversy over housing rules: 33 would cover, 17 would not cover
  • Professor fired for theological differences: 31 would cover, 19 would not cover
  • University’s solar panels don’t produce as much energy as the university claims: 39 would cover, 11 wouldn’t cover
  • University faculty member sexually harassed several students: 26 would cover, 24 would not cover
  • Basketball wins a game: 42 would cover, 8 would not cover
  • Student commits suicide while on campus: 30 would cover, 20 would not cover
  • Student fashion is changing with the season: 37 would cover, 13 would not cover
  • Tuition rising next year: 47 would cover, 3 would not cover
  • Students requesting extra time on tests due to learning disabilities doubles: 42 would cover, 8 would not cover
  • Basketball team loses a game: 39 would cover, 11 would not cover
  • Students returned from a volunteer trip: 42 would cover, 8 would not cover
  • Professor sues the school, claiming discrimination: 32 would cover, 18 would not cover
  • Some students regularly break the dry campus rule:  22 would cover, 28 would not cover
  • Students start a cookie delivery-service on campus: 47 would cover, 3 would not cover
  • Potentially hazardous health conditions in a university-owned dorm: 41 would cover, 9 would not
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