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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

Ask for Legal Help

Complete this online form to submit a media law question or report censorship to the SPLC.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Florida university asks court to order student journalists to pay its attorney’s fees, after open-records lawsuit

The university is requesting attorney fees after winning a lawsuit filed by its student news site that accused the school of redacting public records and shutting reporters out of student disciplinary hearings.

Student editors at Fairmont State resign in protest of administrators’ plans to make coverage more “positive”

After turmoil at the Fairmont State newspaper, including their adviser's dismissal and allegations of administrative intimidation, student editors have resigned in protest and will start an independent watchdog news site.

A plea for help: Student publications try to raise money online

Like professional newspapers, student publications nationwide are strapped for cash. In an effort to stop the bleeding, some have turned to the Internet to ask for help. 

D.C. principal will no longer exercise prior review of student newspaper, after backlash

The principal, who is in her first year at the school, is now working with student editors to update their editorial policy after an intense outcry from the community.

Storify: The J-Team assembled in Iowa, gave reporting advice for college journalists

The J-Team, which consists of the SPLC, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, traveled to Iowa on Friday to give support to student journalists facing censorship.

Why a high school principal wanted the school paper to be a public forum, after a year of prior review

Student journalists will now have editorial control over their coverage after the school board unanimously voted to implement a principal's recommendation to make the paper a public forum. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Avoiding plagiarism in the student media

This guide explores the definitions of plagiarism and has guidelines on how to avoid it. 

Access to college accreditation reports

A university’s accreditation report can provide a wealth of information for student reporters. This guide will explain what an accreditation report is, what it can tell you and how to request one. 

Student media guide to copyright law

The basics of copyright law as it applies to student media.

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