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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.


SPLC condemns arrests of Georgia college journalists

(11/07/11 3:52pm)

The Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocate for the First Amendment rights of the student media, asked Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday to investigate the treatment of two college journalists arrested during a weekend roundup at the site of the “Occupy Atlanta” demonstrations, and to drop all criminal charges against the journalists.


Free-speech groups defend Minn. college student punished for jokes on Facebook

(11/07/11 10:48am)

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday, the Student Press Law Center urged the Minnesota Supreme Court to uphold the First Amendment rights of college students to use Facebook and other social-networking sites to comment on school policies and events without fear of retaliation.


SPLC’s Mike Hiestand accepts Louis Ingelhart First Amendment Award

(11/01/11 12:25pm)

Mike Hiestand, who over the last 20 years at the Student Press Law Center has provided direct legal assistance to more than 14,500 high school and college journalists and advisers, received the esteemed Louis Ingelhart First Amendment Award at this weekend’s National College Media Convention in Orlando.




SPLC urges appeals court to uphold free speech ruling in breast-cancer bracelet case

(09/02/11 12:09pm)

The Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocate representing the interests of the student media nationwide, urged a federal appeals court today to uphold a lower court’s ruling that wearing an “I ? Boobies” breast-cancer awareness bracelet to school is an act of legally protected expression.


SPLC’s Dick Goehler receives prestigious Society of Professional Journalists' ''Fellow'' award

(08/23/11 4:30pm)

Cincinnati attorney Richard M. Goehler, who served as Chair of the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors until his death earlier this year, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists for his lifetime service to the field.


SPLC urges “common sense” ruling in University of Illinois open-records dispute

(08/19/11 2:21pm)

The Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocate representing the interests of the college and high school media nationwide, urged a federal appeals court Friday to uphold a lower court’s ruling granting the Chicago Tribune access to public records about a secretive VIP admissions program that the University of Illinois attempted to conceal on the grounds of “student confidentiality.”


Student Press Law Center Condemns 'destructive' appeals-court ruling denying N.Y. students’ First Amendment claims

(05/18/11 2:34pm)

The Student Press Law Center on Wednesday condemned a federal appeals-court ruling dismissing the First Amendment claims of Ithaca, N.Y., students who were prevented from publishing a political cartoon mocking the effectiveness of their school’s sex-education program, calling Wednesday’s decision the most damaging ruling to the independence of student publications in the past two decades.



SPLC Supports Georgia Student Activist in Legal Challenge to College Expulsion

(04/12/11 9:47am)

The Student Press Law Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday urging the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a favorable ruling finding that Valdosta State University violated the rights of a student environmental activist by expelling him for campaigning against a campus parking garage.


SPLC Defends Iowa’s Student Free Expression Law in State Supreme Court Brief

(04/01/11 3:11pm)

The Student Press Law Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief today urging the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that upheld disciplinary sanctions against a high school journalism teacher based on his students’ humor in an April Fool’s parody newspaper – a ruling that endangers Iowa’s Student Free Expression Law.



Courage in Student Journalism Awards Announced

(10/06/10 12:45pm)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Frank D. LoMonte, Executive Director703.807.1904 / director@splc.orgTwo Arizona student journalists who prevailed over the high school's censorship of a news article and finally published their story 10 months later, and a Michigan principal who defended his journalism students against a misleading attack campaign by community critics, are the recipients of the 2010 Courage in Student Journalism Awards.The student winners are the staff of The Challenge at Thunderbird High School in Glendale, Ariz., led by former editor-in-chief Vaughn Hillyard and business manager Sophia Curran.




Winners of 2007 Courage in Student Journalism awards announced

(11/05/07 12:00am)

Eric Sheforgen, a graduate of St. Francis High School in Minnesota, and Amy Sorrell, former student media adviser and journalism teacher at Woodlan High School in Indiana, will receive the 2007 Courage in Student Journalism Awards, presented by the Newseum, the Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association.