Reporting: Silence on Sources

Shortly after she became editor of the University of Oregon campus newspaper in May, Annette Buchanan, 20, quoted seven anonymous students, who condoned the use of marijuana as "pleasurable." Haled before a grand jury and asked to name the students, Annette refused.

Under "shield laws" in twelve states, newsmen can refuse to reveal their sources. But Oregon puts no such priority on freedom of the press. Last week in a nonjury trial, Annette was found guilty of contempt. Though she escaped a possible six-month jail sentence, she was fined $300. Editorial writers across the U.S. leaped to her defense. "Guilty...