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.
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.
Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.
As closed searches for administrators become more common, journalists are having to find new ways to report on these searches.
When universities and colleges begin the process of hiring a new administrator, they often keep the names of candidates confidential until the very end.
Every month, the Student Press Law Center produces a list of paid internships in journalism.
While administrators at a private university near St. Louis say they killed a student magazine to ensure a digital focus, editors say it is retaliation for recent controversial articles.
House Bill 5175 was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on June 7, 2018. Under the law, a public agency can petition the state's Freedom of Information Commission "for relief from a requester that the public agency alleges is a vexatious requester."
In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday, 500 organizations and individuals have signed a strong statement spearheaded by the Student Press Law Center calling for an end to the environment which threatens journalists.
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.
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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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