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High school students, teachers report student media censorship

(01/09/13 2:42pm)

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.


Open-Government Advocates Support Illinois Newspaper’s Appeal Seeking Records of Investigation of College Coaches

(01/08/13 3:35pm)

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.


Federal Appeals Court Urged to Strike Down Virginia’s Discriminatory Alcohol Advertising Restrictions

(11/30/12 9:03am)

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.


Kentucky Student Editors, Tennessee Adviser Recognized for Journalistic Courage

(09/18/12 8:10am)

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.



Society of Professional Journalists honors SPLC’s Mike Hiestand with First Amendment Award

(08/21/12 3:20pm)

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.


SPLC Calls for FERPA Reform After ‘Outlandish’ Court Ruling Shielding Iowa Rape Records

(07/13/12 3:23pm)

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.



Protect students’ rights to use online media to expose wrongdoing, SPLC tells appeals court

(06/14/12 4:09pm)

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.




SPLC urges protection for student rights in Delaware 'cyberbullying' policy

(04/27/12 2:00pm)

In testimony regarding the regulation of online “bullying” speech, the Student Press Law Center urged Delaware policymakers Friday to affirmatively protect students’ rights to discuss matters of public concern, and to develop preventive education-based solutions based on journalistic values and ethics.








SPLC, CBI ask Supreme Court to void 'vague' FCC broadcast indecency regulations

(11/10/11 3:51pm)

The Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocate for the First Amendment rights of the student media, joined College Broadcasters, Inc., in urging the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s policy of fining broadcasters for “fleeting expletives,” saying that the policy is forcing student broadcasters to censor themselves unnecessarily.