Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This thesis examined the perceived effects of the 1992 Kansas Student Publication Act on student expression as viewed by selected high school journalism advisers, principals, and student editors. For this study 50 high schools were randomly selected from the 184 schools whose newspaper advisers were members of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association during the 1994-95 school year. The journalism adviser, principal, and student newspaper editor in each of the selected schools were mailed a survey that questioned the status of student expression. The number of subjects responding consisted of 30 advisers, 23 principals, and 25 student editors. Respondents indicated although Kansas journalism students had a large degree of freedom of expression, this freedom was not necessarily a result of the Student Publication Act (1992). Results also indicated that subtle censorship may have been occurring either by administrators and advisers or by self-censorship of student editors.


Willis M. Watt

Date of Award

Summer 1995

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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