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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

Washington New Voices bill passes House committee by slim margin

After passing through the House Judiciary Committee with a narrow 7 to 6 vote on Feb. 22, Washington’s New Voices bill is nearing the finish line.

Still looking for a summer internship? Here are some with upcoming March deadlines

If you’re still looking for a summer journalism internship, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of paid internships and fellowships with March deadlines.

New Voices bill clears Missouri House, heads to the Senate

The Walter Cronkite New Voices bill easily cleared a milestone Feb. 19, as it passed through the House of Representatives with heavy support, 129-20. The bill will now move to the state’s Senate — where it has stalled the last two years.

College PR offices fight against student media to manipulate narrative

Some college PR offices are deceptively spinning stories, masquerading as news, denying student reporters access to sources, and infringing on student media's editorial independence.

Michigan State’s student newspaper on the frontlines of covering the Larry Nassar sex abuse case

The State News was one of the first outlets to cover the case, posting its first story less than a day after The Indianapolis Star published its investigation.

Deciphering DACA: Making Sense of the Deadline, the Headlines, and the Education Stakes

The Student Press Law Center is teaming up with Education Writers Association to offer context to the debate over DACA, a program President Obama created to temporarily shield young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

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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Become an Attorney Volunteer

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Share your story

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

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