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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.

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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

Indiana student press freedom bill runs out of time

A Hail Mary attempt to pass legislation guaranteeing constitutional protections for student journalists fell short in Indiana.

Young and the Restless: In daring twist, legislators in Indiana keep New Voices legislation on life support

Rumors of New Voices legislation's death in Indiana may have been exaggerated.

Nevada New Voices clears Senate committee just under the wire

Student journalists in Nevada could soon see their right to a free press codified into state law if New Voices legislation maintains momentum through the state legislature.

Pennsylvania court ruling strengthens journalists' claim of access to emails and other school, college records

Email messages don't qualify as FERPA "education records" unless they're kept in a student's permanent file, a Pennsylvania judge rules, in a commonsense interpretation that may bolster journalists' access to documents routinely miscategorized as federally protected secrets. 

Online-journalism innovator McDonnell appointed to SPLC Board of Directors

Recently retired as executive director of the Online News Association, Jane McDonnell will bring her expertise in training digital journalists and in mentoring female newsroom leaders to the SPLC at a time of great potential for the organization's growth.

Pittsburg Steel: High school journalists' investigative feat fuels calls for legal reforms -- everywhere except Indiana

Commentators say the nationally acclaimed reporting of high-school journalists aided by Kansas' Student Publications Act should convince legislators elsewhere to join the growing movement to protect the independence of school-produced journalism.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

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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.

First Amendment and Censorship FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.

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