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Constitution Day lesson plan highlights North Dakota's new student press rights protections

(09/16/15 9:59am)

Thursday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, when all schools must set aside time to teach about constitutional principles. For Constitution Day 2015, the SPLC has created a classroom lesson plan to get young people talking about the nation's newest student-rights statute, the New Voices of North Dakota Act, and how it fortifies their federally protected First Amendment rights.



Hefner First Amendment awards recognize quarterback of North Dakota's student press rights campaign

(09/30/15 9:48am)

College journalism professor Steve Listopad is the 2015 winner of the Hefner Foundation's award for outstanding contributions to the First Amendment by an educator. Listopad worked with six of his students at the University of Jamestown on crafting what became North Dakota's John Wall New Voices Act, one of the strongest laws in the country protecting student journalists and advisers.