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Under the dome: As professional news outlets vacate state capitols because of budget constraints, student journalists move in to fill the gap

(03/24/15 11:02am)

In four states, student journalists outnumber journalists from professional outlets assigned to the statehouse full-time, where they ensure citizens have access to information about how the state spends their tax dollars and decisions on education, criminal justice and safety regulations.









NEWS RELEASE: Report spotlights threats to college press freedom, calls on nation's colleges to end retaliation against journalists and advisers

(12/01/16 8:14am)

A coalition led by the American Association of University Professors and the Student Press Law Center warns of escalating threats to the civic health of America's colleges as a result of the retaliatory removal of journalism advisers and other attacks on the freedom of the student media, calling for a "significant cultural readjustment" that values transparency and accountability over image control.


How to cover DACA as a student journalist: advice from professionals

(09/08/17 6:22pm)

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, high schools and universities across the country have erupted in protest. This leaves student publications with a serious question: how do you cover DACA in a way that is legal, ethical and engaging? Here's what the experts had to say.






Campus Progress national conference discusses the changing world of journalism

(07/10/09 7:16pm)

This week I attended the Campus Progress National Conference, where panelists and guest speakers weighed in on some issues surrounding media and student press. Campus Progress, part of the Center for American Progress, works to help young people, including journalists, speak out on the issues they care about.


Death By Cheeseburger book available again

(07/21/09 2:52pm)

SPLC friend and student press advocate extraordinaire Brian Schraum, who is working at the First Amendment Center in Nashville this summer, has created an electronic copy of the Freedom Forum's very readable 1994 book, Death By Cheeseburger: High School Journalism in the 1990s and Beyond, and made it available on the FAC's Web site as a free PDF download. The book, one of the most comprehensive looks at high school journalism ever published, has been out of print and generally unavailable for many years. While Brian accurately notes that much of the information is out of date, it still retains relevancy today both as a research guide and a historical marker of high school journalism in the 1990's.


Retired Supreme Court justice warns of "dangerous state of civics knowledge"

(08/10/09 4:41pm)

If the various surveys from the last several years pointing out the deplorable state of American civics education and understanding weren't convincing enough, recently retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter — noting that two-thirds of Americans can't name all three branches of the American government — told those attending the American Bar Association's annual meeting this month that such ignorance is "dangerous" and "something to worry about." It is certainly something that we at the SPLC — where, working with students and school officials, we see the effects of such ignorance and lack of appreciation on a regular basis — have been talking about for years.


Student photojournalist's Woodstock coverage featured at Newseum

(08/11/09 11:52am)

If you’re in the D.C. area between now and October 31, make time to check out the Newseum’s recently opened “Woodstock at 40” photo gallery – not just for the story, but for the story behind the story. The back-story is that major news organizations largely underestimated the significance of the upstate New York music festival.


Another warning about the sad state of American civics education

(10/15/09 8:33pm)

Lou Ureneck, chairman of the journalism department at Boston University, has a column in The Boston Globe this week that sounds yet another warning bell about the "sorry" (I might substitute "scary") state of our nation's "civic health" and the impact it has -- and will continue to have -- on political discourse in the United States.


Finally -- some good news about civics ed!

(10/19/09 1:53pm)

It looks like the incoming president of the American Bar Association has been reading many of the same alarming surveys we've discussed and has seen enough: He intends to make civics education the hallmark issue of his presidency. ABA President-Elect Stephen Zack said in an interview this week that he wants the group, the largest voluntary professional organization in the world with more than 400,000 lawyer and law-student members, to take a leadership role in creating a pilot program with other bar associations that would give students from every high school in the country the opportunity to participate in an educational course that would immerse them in civics.