Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This thesis examines the views of Kansas weekly and daily newspaper journalists on prior restraint in Kansas public high schools in light of the 1988 Supreme Court case Kuhlmeier v. Hazelwood District. Forty newspapers were randomly selected from the 261 possible daily and weekly newspapers in Kansas, with 30 journalists, managing editors, publishers or reporters, responding. They were questioned on their views of journalism within the framework of their public high school. One single opinion dominated the results - 60 percent of those surveyed said that principals and administrators should have ultimate control over the contents of high school publications - newspapers and yearbooks. This survey showed that commercial newspaper editors respect First Amendment freedoms, but also respect the right of publishers to censor stories that could bring potential libel or privacy lawsuits.


Willis M. Watt

Date of Award

Fall 1988

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1988 Leigh A. Winston


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