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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

An SPLC Tip Sheet: 5 Takeaways for Student Journalists from Rolling Stone's Libel Settlement

The now-resolved Rolling Stone libel case provides a roadmap of avoidable hazards that future journalists can observe when covering sensitive campus stories.

New Jersey high school removes student artwork from annual show

The First Amendment continues to prove confounding for those running public high schools in New Jersey where Morristown High School removed an art piece depicting President Trump as a pig holding an angry cat.

Student suspended over yearbook photo with provocative painting

A graduating senior at a New Jersey high school was suspended over submitting a yearbook photo that included controversial artwork.

Free speech, student press focus of discussion at Newseum

The SPLC's own Frank LoMonte joined free speech advocates and media experts for a discussion about student journalism, protests against controversial speakers and how attitudes of millennials are shaping free speech on college campuses.

Teacher suspended after allegedly censoring Trump references in yearbook

A teacher at a New Jersey high school was suspended this week after allegedly censoring photos and quotes in the school year book to remove references to Donald Trump.

As colleges push employees to retire early, student journalists find documents elusive

Offering early-retirement buyout packages to high-paid senior employees is an increasingly common way for cash-strapped colleges to cut costs. But students trying to cover those buyouts have met with stiff (and legally questionable) resistance to disclosure of who qualifies for the payouts. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

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.

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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