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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 nonprofit, nonpartisan 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.

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

High school editor boycotts graduation after school suppresses sexual misconduct records and censors stories

Grace Marion, a senior at Neshaminy High School and editor-in-chief of The Playwickian, found the high school mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints filed at the school.

Tips for rescuing your student publication’s finances

Here’s what several advisers, student journalists and journalism organizations recommend to reduce risk of budget cuts and diversify income streams.

These paid journalism internships are still accepting applications

Each month, the Student Press Law Center compiles a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some that are open right now. 

SPLC sends letter to Texas school district to stop censoring student media, 17 orgs sign on

Following multiple instances of censorship of an award-winning online student newspaper and the ouster of its acclaimed adviser, the Student Press Law Center asks district administrators overseeing Prosper (Texas) High School to update its publications policy in line with the First Amendment right to free press.

Texas principal censors paper, bans all editorials and ousts award-winning adviser

Lori Oglesbee-Petter, a journalism teacher with 34 years of experience in three states, has been at Prosper since May 2016. Last year alone, her journalism students racked up more than 175 state and national journalism awards.

Missouri scraps student press freedom bill for third year in a row

The Missouri Senate killed House Bill 1940, also known as the Cronkite New Voices Act, by not voting on it before the legislative session ended on May 18.

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.

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