SPLC launches redesigned website





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Frank D. LoMonte, Esq.
director@splc.org /
703.807.1904

ARLINGTON, VA. — The Student Press Law Center, the nation’s
leading authority on the laws governing student journalism, launched a
redesigned website today — the first overhaul since 2001 — featuring
new video content, lesson plans, and grassroots organizing tips for student
activists.

The website, www.splc.org, incorporates lessons learned
during a year-long strategic planning process that included input from hundreds
of students, educators and other stakeholders. The goal of the redesign is to
transform the SPLC website from an occasional stop for those facing legal
emergencies into a daily go-to destination that helps students and teachers in
the practice of their craft, said SPLC Executive Director Frank D.
LoMonte.

“The new splc.org site will offer all student publishers —
whether they are producing newspapers, yearbooks, blogs or tweets — a
greater and more appealing variety of educational resources, so they can
intelligently protect their rights and steer clear of legal risks,”
LoMonte said.

“The SPLC has always stayed modern to keep pace with the way young
people read and share information, and now our website shows that modern face to
the public,” LoMonte said. “The new site is part of a larger vision
of a pro-active SPLC that takes the case for honest, uncensored student
journalism straight to the public in a more compelling way. With this new site,
we are much better able to tell the story of the human toll that censorship is
taking in our schools every day.”

The redesign was made possible by a generous grant from the Philip L.
Graham Fund
. Named for the late publisher of The
Washington Post
, the Fund devotes its resources to the betterment of the
Washington, D.C., area and the field of journalism. Graphic design work on the
site came courtesy of a volunteer team organized by The Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit organization that makes
business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

The site continues to include the reliable legal information and latest
industry news on which users depend, but adds many new features,
including:

— Video Q-and-A’s with SPLC Attorney Advocate Adam
Goldstein addressing student journalists’ most commonly asked questions,
hosted on SPLC’s new Vimeo channel.

— An interactive map that shows existing and proposed press-freedom
laws across the United States — along with tutorials to help young people
get started on grassroots advocacy to protect their own rights.

— A series of “Learning from the Headlines” classroom
discussion guides, available in printer-friendly form through scribd.com.

— Subject-indexed FAQ guides addressing the most common questions
posed on the SPLC attorney hotline, which handles some 2,000 inquiries annually.

— New reader comment functionality encouraging feedback on SPLC
Report
magazine stories and on SPLC blog posts.

— A new “Get Involved” section that includes
public-service ads promoting the SPLC, a website badge, and other ways
SPLC’s supporters can spread the word about the Center’s work.

“What you see today on August 25 is wonderful, but it’s only a
beginning,” LoMonte said. “In the months to come, users of the SPLC
site are going to see a much greater variety of video Q-and-A’s, classroom
teaching aids, and other fresh content that will make splc.org an essential tool
for teaching and learning journalism, media literacy, and First Amendment
law.”

Users of the site are invited to submit feedback to admin@splc.org.

Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been devoted to educating high
school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in
the First Amendment, and supporting the student news media in covering important
issues free from censorship. The Center provides free information and
educational materials for student journalists and their teachers on a wide
variety of legal topics.

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