- Standing on the freeway on-ramp, Cameron Burns realized he had forgotten his press pass. What he had on his hands instead was a video camera and a protest that was about to unfold. ...
"They're running onto the freeway," Burns said over the phone to Joanna Brockhouse, the multimedia coordinator for the student newspaper's Web site. "Should I follow them?"
Brockhouse's last words, according to Burns, were: "Go get the story-go get it!"
So he did.
For the intended business administration major from Carlsbad, Calif., what began as a filming of the long-anticipated protests against education cuts culminated in a stint in [jail].
Adam Goldstein, attorney advocate for the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va., told the Daily Cal that student and professional reporters alike are frequently confused for demonstrators -- with or without their press passes.
The Daily Cal says Burns' parents were surprised by his arrest but will "absolutely" allow him to continue working for the newspaper. (Photo credit: Daily Californian)