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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.

Freedom fighters honored by SPLC

(12/01/04 12:00am)

A student newspaper at a Virginia college and four student newspaper editors at an Ohio high school that battled efforts by school administrators to control the content of their publications have been named the winners of student press freedom awards co-sponsored by the Student Press Law Center. The staff of The Script at Hampton University received the 2004 College Press Freedom award on Saturday, Nov.

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.”

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Press-rights groups support Florida college journalists’ demand for fraternity discipline records

(03/16/15 6:12pm)

The SPLC brief, filed with Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, argues that the student privacy statute, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), cannot constitutionally be applied to obstruct compliance with state open-records laws.

SPLC Supports N.Y. Student-Rights Attorney Whose Legal Fees Were Slashed Despite Victory

(04/30/15 1:15pm)

The SPLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday with the New York-based Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals urging the court to restore reasonable fees for attorney Ronald McGuire, who represented the student editors of the College Voice newspaper at the College of Staten Island in a long-running First Amendment battle with their school.

Free-speech groups urge Kansas court to set boundaries for college punitive authority over students' off-campus social media speech

(06/09/15 2:16pm)

In a friend-of-the-court brief, First Amendment groups say a Kansas district court correctly ruled that the University of Kansas lacked authority to punish a student for violating a no-contact order on the basis of insulting tweets on a privacy-protected Twitter account.

RELEASE: Protect students’ rights to express dissent with school dress codes, SPLC tells federal appeals court

(06/25/15 7:14pm)

In a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal court of appeals, the Student Press Law Center argues that a ruling which allowed a Nevada school to punish two brothers who non-disruptively protested a school uniform code should be overturned, on the basis of the First Amendment.