For the Media
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 variety of topics.
Frank LoMonte, executive director
(703) 807-1904, ext. 121
Adam Goldstein, attorney advocate
(703) 807-1904, ext. 122
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In the News
- Why 2012 public masturbation incident doesn’t appear in GRCC’s annual crime report, mlive.com (10/20/2014). Frank LoMonte said it is more important for colleges to issue timely warnings for criminal activity on campus than to report the incident in the institution's Clery statistics. "Frankly, that's much more useful to people than the statistics, which are of little to no value anyway," he said.
- Northern Highlands BOE tables changes to publications regulations, NorthJersey.com (10/7/2014). Frank LoMonte said in its proposed student publications policy, the Northern Highlands Board of Education would "represent an officially sanctioned campaign of retaliation against student journalists for the exercise of constitutionally protected rights."
- First Amendment expert: Someone's lying about secret Huntsville student social media monitoring, AL.com (9/24/2014). Frank LoMonte said the Huntsville City Schools superintendent "needs to lose his job" after he said the NSA told school district officials to monitor students' social media accounts.
- Social media policies of student-athletes criticized, The Daily Tar Heel (9/23/2014). Frank LoMonte said the government can't make even a discretionary privilege, such as an athletic scholarship, contingent on adhering to a code of appropriate speech.
- Teacher, Editor Suspended for Banning Use of 'Redskin' in School Newspaper, The Huffington Post (9/19/2014). Frank LoMonte said the Neshaminy School Board has declared war on journalism "and they cannot be allowed to win it."
- Neshaminy students get support from Calif., The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/19/2014). Frank LoMonte said state officials "need to take a hard look at interceding" in dispute between Neshaminy School District officials and student journalists at The Playwickian.
- FAU Police fails to report 114 cases in August online, University Press (9/12/2014). Frank LoMonte said Florida Atlantic University police likely violated the Jeanne Clery Act when 114 cases were not reported online.
- U of O says it will charge KATU hundreds of dollars for documents, KATU (9/12/2014). Adam Goldstein called the fees for records related to the alleged sex assault case involving three University of Oregon basketball players "insane."
- Group criticizes media guidelines for Univ. of Alabama rush, Fox 6 WBRC (8/16/2014). Frank LoMonte discusses the University of Alabama media guidelines for sorority rush.
- The Affordable Care Act And College Journalists: An Imperfect Match, WUNC 91.5 (8/13/2014). Frank LoMonte discusses the the impact of the Affordable Care Act on college newsrooms.
- Professor speaks out, protests new social media policy, The K-State Collegian (7/1/2014). Frank LoMonte responds to the Kansas regents' social media policy.
- Inside the First Amendment: 'Passionate conversations are a good thing', The Green Bay Press Gazette (6/17/2014). Frank LoMonte discusses censorship in high schools.
- Lawmakers throttle campus records bill, Delaware Online (6/12/2014) Adam Goldstein explains the records exemptions for Delaware universities.
- SPLC attorney Adam Goldstein questions ownership of the WRAS 88.5 FM FCC license , The Signal (6/4/2014) Adam Goldstein discusses a deal between Georgia State University and Georgia Public Broadcasting that will affect the student radio station, WRAS.
- Proposed takeover of station's airtime pits Ga. university, public radio against listeners, Associated Press (6/1/2014) Adam Goldstein discusses the GSU/GPB deal concerning WRAS.
- Neshaminy school board postpones vote on reversing "Redskin" ban, Philadelphia News (5/20/2014) Adam Goldstein discusses the Neshaminy school board's vote concerning the student newspaper's ban of the word "Redskin."
- GW releases list of 15 penalized Greek groups, The GW Hatchet (5/19/2014) Frank LoMonte comments on George Washington University's publication of a list of 15 Greek-letter organizations that have faced sanctions.
- Baptist university in Ohio confiscated student paper that included LGBT content, The Dallas News (5/9/2014) Frank LoMonte comments on a newspaper confiscation at Cedarville University.