Protecting Sources & Information

Responding to school seizures and searches of cellphones

While a school has leeway to decide how and when cellphones may be used, the Fourth Amendment restricts the ability of any government agency to seize a person’s property or search the contents of that property, including a phone. Learn what the law does — and doesn't — protect. Read more

State-by-state guide to surveying classmates

States have taken different approaches to surveys in schools. Student journalists therefore would be wise to check their state's statutes before school officials use them to justify restricting a survey. The following states have statutes on their books relating to surveys. Read more