State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside, was named a Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the Journalism Education Association, an organization based at Kansas State University with a mission to encourage and reward excellence in student journalism.
Sen. Yee authored AB 2581, signed into law in 2006, that prohibits censorship of college student press, including newspapers and broadcast journalism, and retaliation against students for exercising press-freedom rights. His 2008 bill SB 1370 extends this protection to faculty advisers.
The award recognizes significant contributions to school-based journalism on the part of professional journalists and media outlets, individuals or groups.
"It is essential that our high school and college campuses have a press free from censorship and that our laws protect students and teachers from retaliation by administrators," Sen. Yee said in a statement.
"It is a shame that every state does not have a legislative leader such as California's Senator Yee who understands the vital role advisers play in the development of scholastic journalists as responsible and productive members of a democratic society," said Susan Hathaway Tantillo, JEA's past awards committee chair.
==BBohannon donates to Girl Scouts==
A $2,000 donation from the David D. Bohannon Organization will help two local Girl Scout troops pay for camping trips, community service, and other troop activities. The troops will use the money to cover meeting space rental fees over the next two years, according to troop leaders Amy Bowers, Kim Postlewaite and Maren Steiver.