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.
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.
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.
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.
A Hail Mary attempt to pass legislation guaranteeing constitutional protections for student journalists fell short in Indiana.
Rumors of New Voices legislation's death in Indiana may have been exaggerated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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