Shelved project featured in national media outlets


Students in the 2012-2013 ComJ class collaborated with undergraduate journalism majors and The Anniston Star on Shelved, a year-long project to examine book challenges in Alabama public schools. This past Sunday, the Star published the first story in the series, Who decides which books are available in the state’s school libraries?

The Star/University of Alabama team set out last fall to collect all book challenge forms filed in the past five years in the state’s 132 city and county school districts and a few state-supported schools that aren’t part of typical districts. Some districts responded immediately; some responded after multiple requests for the forms, which are public record.

Media coverage of the project includes stories at, the Atlantic Wire, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Mail.

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