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SPLC urges Eighth Circuit to protect students' off-campus speech on social media

(11/24/14 6:06pm)

In a brief filed Monday, a coalition of free-speech groups led by the Student Press Law Center asks a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that upheld a Minnesota college’s decision to expel a nursing student for “unprofessional” comments posted off-campus to his personal Facebook page.

Censorship-fighters from Wis., Pa., recognized with 'Courage in Student Journalism' award

(11/11/14 10:38am)

Tanvi Kumar, former editor-in-chief of Cardinal Columns at Wisconsin’s Fond du Lac High School and co-editors Gillian McGoldrick and Reed Hennessy of The Playwickian at Pennsylvania’s Neshaminy High School will share the Courage award, presented annually to recognize students who show exceptional fortitude in overcoming adversity to bring important stories to the public.

Open-Government Groups Urge Missouri Court to Reject “Copyright” Excuse for Withholding Public Records

(10/15/14 5:03pm)

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the SPLC — joined by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — urged the court to accept an appeal challenging an Aug. 26 ruling, which allowed the university to reject a request to produce copies of instructors’ course syllabi.

SPLC, JEA-SPRC Condemn Neshaminy School District For Punishing Newspaper Editor, Adviser in Ongoing Fight Over “Redskins” Name

(09/17/14 3:16pm)

The Student Press Law Center and Journalism Education Association Scholastic Press Rights Commission condemned the actions of the Neshaminy School District in Pennsylvania Wednesday, following the District’s retaliatory and illegal actions calculated to punish the Playwickian student newspaper, its editors and its adviser.

Don't criminalize discussing violence on social media, SPLC-led coalition urges Supreme Court

(08/25/14 3:27pm)

In a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark First Amendment case, the Student Press Law Center urges the Court to set a high standard for criminally prosecuting speakers for references to violence on social media, warning of “false positive” prosecutions that may result from innocent misunderstandings.

SPLC joins open-government leaders urging Congress to hold hearings on FERPA reform

(06/11/14 12:00pm)

Six leading open-government organizations, including the Student Press Law Center, called Wednesday for congressional hearings on the rampant abuse of the federal student privacy law, FERPA, which enables schools and colleges to conceal scandals by misclassifying government documents as “education records.”

SPLC joins UGA’s Grady College in recognizing outstanding student watchdog journalism

(03/20/14 11:28am)

In conjunction with Sunshine Week 2014, the Student Press Law Center announced Thursday that it is joining the University of Georgia journalism school in presenting an annual award recognizing outstanding college journalism, with an emphasis on reporting that makes use of public records.

SPLC urges Supreme Court to overturn ruling erecting hurdles to First Amendment legal challenges

(03/04/14 12:35pm)

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.

Survey: One-third of journalism students, teachers nationwide report administrative censorship

(02/18/14 10:25am)

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.

Rate colleges' quality by measuring transparency, SPLC tells U.S. Department of Education

(02/03/14 1:12pm)

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.

Georgia school’s refusal to release video needed for student death investigation named “FERPA Fib of the Year”

(01/03/14 11:16am)

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.

Free-speech groups file brief supporting California college student disciplined for videotaping professors

(11/03/13 9:44am)

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.

College press freedom award recognizes Alabama journalists’ “sorority discrimination” coverage

(10/23/13 10:58am)

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.

Free-speech groups warn California school district to rescind unlawful social-media restrictions

(08/12/13 9:05pm)

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.”

SPLC urges FCC to consider leniency from indecency fines for student broadcast operations

(06/20/13 4:18pm)

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.

SPLC appoints new slate of board leaders

(01/31/13 9:56am)

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.