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.
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The stolen issue featuredabout sexual harassment allegations against a tenured drama professor who remains at the university but resigned in August from his position as director of the School of Drama.
Student journalists at Burlington High School used the state’s New Voices law to successfully fight back against censorship and prevent the reinstatement of a prior review policy.
Some student journalists have decided to brave Hurricane Florence to cover the storm and its effect on their community.
Every month, the Student Press Law Center makes a list of paid journalism internships. Some with upcoming deadlines include meteorology, sports reporting, investigative reporting and broadcast.
Join us Sept. 12 at noon ET as SPLC Senior Legal Counsel Mike Hiestand and Staff Attorney Sommer Ingram Dean review the top things you should do at the start of the school year to protect yourself and your newsroom.
Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting an article each day with links to key legal issues and topics that will help get your academic year off to a strong start.
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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Have you experienced censorship as a student or educator? Share your story and how it’s affected you.
Become an SPLC Surrogate Speaker. Use this packet to share the history and mission of the Student Press Law Center with new audiences.