Libel & Privacy Invasion

Student journalists can get in trouble when they carelessly collect and/or publish extremely private details or false information about an individual or entity that seriously harms their reputation. Knowing the basics of defamation law, which includes both libel (written defamation) and slander (spoken defamation), and invasion of privacy law can help you avoid such trouble.

Libel and privacy FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about obtaining information and privacy laws. Read more

A dozen tips to avoid being burned by a hot story

As more student media move from being merely a showcase for football players and prom queens to being serious news organizations, not afraid to address controversial or sensitive subjects, they face many of the hazards that have long confronted their commercial counterparts: threats of libel lawsuits, invasion of privacy claims, charges of bias, etc. Read more