Back to School Tips — Day One: Strong journalism is your best defense.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting links to key legal issues and topics to ensure your academic year is off to a great start.
Our Day One theme is about how producing strong journalism is always your best defense.
- Basic knowledge of laws that affect journalism should be part of your entire staff’s skill set. Use our fun quizzes to evaluate your understanding of media law.
- Journalism often reveals hard truths that some authority figures try to censor or shut down. Here’s how to confront those challenges proactively.
- Here are the most frequently asked questions we get from high school journalists.
- Here are the most frequently asked questions we get from college journalists.
- If you’re on the yearbook staff, here are the basic rules of the road.
- Online/digital journalism raises several key legal issues student journalists should be aware of. Learn more through our Student Media Guide to Internet Law.
- Journalists who commit plagiarism are often subject to job dismissal or dropped from a class or club. In a cut-and-paste world, do you truly understand what plagiarism is?
- For help with making these topics more accessible for classroom or newsroom use, see our full collection of deeper dive presentations.
Legal Hotline: As always, we’re here if you need help.
Join SPLC for a back to school webinar at noon ET on Wednesday, 9/12
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