Key SPLC Projects

Who We Are Find more about us

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.

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

Students around the country join effort to defend free press with editorials

Much like their professional counterparts, student publications have been subjected to calls of “fake news” and a reporter recently spat on.

Five tips for reporting on hiring searches for administrators

As closed searches for administrators become more common, journalists are having to find new ways to report on these searches. 

Searching in secret: Hiring administrators is becoming less open and harder to cover

When universities and colleges begin the process of hiring a new administrator, they often keep the names of candidates confidential until the very end. 

From podcasting to magazine writing, these internships still have open deadlines

Every month, the Student Press Law Center produces a list of paid internships in journalism.

The print edition of a Missouri university's magazine has been canceled. Editors say it's retaliation and censorship

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.

"Vexatious" FOIA requesters can be denied records for up to one year under new Connecticut law

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."

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.

Get InvolvedMake the world a better place for student journalists

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Become a Member

We need everyone's support to keep the SPLC's services free and readily available, and the backbone of support comes from contributing SPLC members.

become an attorney volunteer

Become an Attorney Volunteer

Become a member of the ARN and provide legal representation to student journalists in need.

share your story

Share your story

Have you experienced censorship as a student or educator? Share your story and how it’s affected you.

spread the word

Spread the Word

Become an SPLC Surrogate Speaker. Use this packet to share the history and mission of the Student Press Law Center with new audiences.