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In the case of a Mississippi student disciplined for a rap video about inappropriate behavior by school coaches that was posted to YouTube, the Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is asking a federal appeals court to clarify that whistleblowing about school wrongdoing is constitutionally protected speech.
The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”), a nonprofit legal-assistance organization that supports student journalists nationwide, released the following statement Wednesday in response to the Minnesota Supreme Court’s June 20 ruling in Tatro v. University of Minnesota.
The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”), a nonprofit legal-assistance organization that supports student journalists nationwide, released the following statement Friday in response to the Iowa Supreme Court’s July 13 ruling in Press-Citizen Company v. University of Iowa.
Attorney Mike Hiestand, who over the last 20 years has provided legal assistance to thousands of high school and college journalists at the Student Press Law Center, is this year’s recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious First Amendment Award.
The staff of The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis, and Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Boozer, who successfully fought a retaliatory budget cut while enduring a campaign of harassment by campus police, are the 2012 winners of the College Press Freedom Award.
Students at a Kentucky high school who overcame administrative censorship by launching their own independent publication, and a Tennessee yearbook adviser who was reassigned after defending his students’ right to publish a candid article about being gay, are the winners of the 2012 Courage in Student Journalism Award.
Groups representing the college media are asking a federal appeals court to declare that the First Amendment prohibits Virginia from enforcing a rule that limits ads for bars and alcoholic beverages in newspapers serving a college student audience.
The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) and other open-government groups are urging the Illinois Appellate Court to grant journalists access to records of a university’s investigation into sexual harassment claims against coaches and a settlement paid to resolve those claims.
In a brief filed in support of Illinois’ State Journal-Register, the SPLC argues that records documenting official misconduct or the spending of taxpayer money cannot be withheld on the grounds of federal “student privacy” law.
The SPLC filed its friend-of-the-court (“amicus”) brief Jan.
Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court limited First Amendment protections for high school student journalists, a survey of students and media advisers attending a national journalism convention suggests that censorship in their schools is a common occurrence.Of the 4,540 students and teachers who attended the National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio, Tex., Nov.
An award-winning newspaper editor, a champion of civic learning in schools, an attorney specializing in media law and a law school student who ran her college newspaper have been elected to the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors.
Reginald Stuart, an executive with the McClatchy Company who has more than 40 years of experience in the journalism profession, has been elected chairman of the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors.The Board also unanimously selected as its vice chairman Patrick Carome, a communications and media lawyer based in Washington, D.C., and as treasurer Kevin Corcoran, program director for the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation for Education and a longtime journalist.
In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the Student Press Law Center urges the Commission to reconsider a strict enforcement regime that threatens broadcasters who air “fleeting” profanity with fines that can exceed the entire yearly budget for a student-run radio station.
The Student Press Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California asked a California school district Monday to immediately cease enforcing a “draconian and constitutionally infirm” regulation that requires any student taking part in sports or other extracurricular activities to sign a “contract” agreeing to be punished for any online speech that the school district deems “inappropriate.”
The editor and two reporters with The Crimson White newspaper at the University of Alabama will share the 2013 College Press Freedom Award for taking on the campus establishment to tell a nationally groundbreaking story about racial discrimination in recruitment for sorority membership.
A California college student was unfairly disciplined for violating a vague “harassment” rule that gives no fair notice that aggressively asking questions of faculty members could result in punishment, the Student Press Law Center argues in a brief filed with a federal appeals court in San Francisco.
Students at a California high school who overcame a threat to shutter their newspaper following their aggressive coverage of a popular athletic director’s removal are the winners of the 2013 Courage in Student Journalism Award.
A South Georgia school district’s insistence that it couldn’t release surveillance video that might shed light on the suspicious death of a 17-year-old student in the school’s gym was named the first “FERPA Fib of the Year” today by the Student Press Law Center.
A proposed federal index rating colleges according to quality and affordability should include a measurement of how readily they share information with the public, the Student Press Law Center told the Obama administration in comments filed with the U.S. Department of Education.
Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court limited First Amendment protections for high school student journalists, a survey of students and media advisers attending a national scholastic journalism convention indicates that censorship is a fact of life in many schools.
In a brief filed Monday, the Student Press Law Center urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that makes it almost impossible to challenge the constitutionality of a law restricting speech without first violating the law and suffering punishment.