Everyone with Internet access is at least potentially a "publisher," and everyone needs to know a little about the legal and ethical issues that accompany gathering and distributing information, whether in print, over the airwaves, or online. These SPLC reference materials can be useful tools for self-study, or for teaching a class in journalism, media law, media literacy or civics.
The SPLC's media lawyers address the "greatest hits" from college and high school journalists, from freedom-of-information to protecting confidential sources.
This new and regularly updated series, "Learning from the Headlines," will help you use recent news events to spark classroom discussion, and demonstrate how legal principles are at work every day in the newsroom and out in the field.
The PowerPoint presentations below cover some of the most common media law issues faced by high school student journalists. Produced by the Student Press Law Center's legal staff, these introductory level presentations are intended for classroom or workshop use and provide students (and their advisers) with an easy-to-follow, practical guide for understanding and avoiding the problems most often confronted by high school student media. Each is accompanied by a set of teachers' presentation notes in PDF-format that includes slide images and a presentation script.