Key SPLC Projects

Who We Are Find more about us

The Student Press Law Center works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to support and defend the rights of student journalists and their advisers at the high school and college levels. Founded in 1974, the SPLC is a small and scrappy 501 c-3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

FOI Lawsuit template

If a government agency denies your request for records, use our templates to file a complaint in court and learn about legal options in your state.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Applications are open for internships in video production, social media and investigative reporting

Every month, the Student Press Law Center makes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some with upcoming deadlines.

SPLC's Question of the Week: Parental permissions for photos of minors?

Can we publish students' names and photos online without parental permission, even when the students are minors?

STATEMENT OF CONCERN: University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan

The Student Press Law Center is concerned about the recent situation wherein an official of the University of Southern California briefly restricted a journalist for the Daily Trojan newspaper from taking notes and reporting on a public meeting with candidates for the position of University president.

450 issues of The OU Daily stolen — writer thinks it's attempted censorship of front page sexual harassment story

The stolen issue featured a front page article about sexual harassment allegations against a tenured drama professor who remains at the university but resigned in August from his position as director of the School of Drama.

Vermont high school students use New Voices law to win censorship dispute

Student journalists at Burlington High School used the state’s New Voices law to successfully fight back against censorship and prevent the reinstatement of a prior review policy.

As Hurricane Florence crashes into the Carolinas, student journalists report through the storm

Some student journalists have decided to brave Hurricane Florence to cover the storm and its effect on their community. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Covering School Walk-Outs and Protests FAQs

Every day, the Student Press Law Center is receiving inquiries from student media, asking how to cover the walk-outs and student protests including the March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24. The following FAQs are meant to help answer questions for student journalists covering this important story. 

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

Links to sites that offer downloadable images and music licensed for reuse

Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

Get InvolvedMake the world a better place for student journalists

become a member

Become a Member

We need everyone's support to keep the SPLC's services free and readily available, and the backbone of support comes from contributing SPLC members.

become an attorney volunteer

Become an Attorney Volunteer

Become a member of the ARN and provide legal representation to student journalists in need.

share your story

Share your story

Have you experienced censorship as a student or educator? Share your story and how it’s affected you.

spread the word

Spread the Word

Become an SPLC Surrogate Speaker. Use this packet to share the history and mission of the Student Press Law Center with new audiences.