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How you can use public records to cover campus sexual assault

Learn what kinds of records you can look for, where to request them from and what to do if you run into problems. We also show some of the resources available on our website. Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center joins coalition to defend The University Star's right to publish controversial op-ed

The SPLC has cosigned a letter with Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and National Coalition Against Censorship demanding Texas State University reverse its threats to defund TSU's student newspaper in the wake of a controversial op-ed.   Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: Not “fake news:” National award celebrates tenacious New York City high school journalists whose reporting forced school leadership change

For its intensive coverage of the combative tenure of an interim principal whose reign sparked a campus sit-in and petitions, The Classic at Townsend Harris High School is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 Courage in Student Journalism Award. Read more
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Paid journalism internships with December deadlines

We're slightly past the fall's peak application season, but fear not, procrastinators! There are still plenty of openings for both spring and summer paid internships at newsrooms across the country.  Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: We're hosting a #MeToo webinar on how to report on sexual assaults on campus

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT when we'll be coming to you live on YouTube with legal and ethical advice for covering stories of sexual assault on campus responsibly. Read more
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Illinois high school paper publishes revised version of previously confiscated spread on marijuana

A high school paper was confiscated by administrators who disapproved of two articles exploring why students smoke marijuana. Now they've published a revised version of the stories. Read more
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California high school reporters fight for access to sealed documents, controversial video

Student reporters in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are pushing back against the decision to seal court documents containing a controversial video made by a fellow student. Read more
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A legal victory for the student press in Kentucky's ongoing battle for open records

A circuit court judge ruled Oct. 13 that the state Attorney General has the right to privately review public records on sexual assault at Kentucky State University to determine whether the school is required to release them to student reporters.  Read more
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Judge releases records in Krakauer case, provides narrow ruling in Montana open records lawsuit

The Montana University System must now release sexual assault records to author Jon Krakauer in a long-standing legal battle, Montana District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Krakauer will have access to the majority of the documents asked for, with names redacted.  Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: National award recognizes gutsy Kentucky college journalists whose quest for open records sparked university retaliation

For remaining steadfast after being sued by a university in a battle over open records related to a sexual harassment investigation, the Kentucky Kernel is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 College Press Freedom Award. Read more
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Journalism internships with November deadlines

Now is the time to be applying for journalism internships and fellowships for spring and summer of 2018. Many news organizations have deadlines in November, so here's a list to get you started. Read more
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor files appeal to prevent release of his personnel records

A Winnebago County Circuit Court judge ruled against a professor who tried to stop the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh from releasing his personnel records to student journalist Alex Nemec. Read more
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University of Wisconsin system approves policy mandating punishment for students who disrupt free expression

University of Wisconsin schools will now be required to suspend students after two violations and expel them after three. Read more
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How to cover free speech issues on university campuses

As the debate over free speech on college campuses continues across the country, it's important for student journalists to prepare themselves. Are you ready to cover this issue when it comes to your school? Read more
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Court ruling blocks school board's attempt to restrict public comments

A federal appeals court decided Oct. 2 that a Georgia school board's efforts to pre-approve public speakers at board meetings are unconstitutional.  Read more
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October deadlines for journalism internships fast approaching

Now is the time to be applying for journalism internships and fellowships for spring and summer of 2018. Many news organizations have deadlines in October and early November, so here's a list to get you started. Read more
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Student government and college paper in Pennsylvania clash over publishing budget

Student government officials at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh tried to exercise prior restraint on the student newspaper to prevent reporters from publishing budgetary information. Read more
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Colorado State newspaper crusades for open meetings, greater transparency from university

Colorado State University's student government may have broken state transparency laws by trying to kick student reporters out of the student body president's impeachment hearing. The incident adds to an ongoing perceived lack of transparency from the university’s student government and administration. Read more
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NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells N.C. court

UNC-Chapel Hill is misapplying the FERPA student privacy law to withhold public records that could help journalists shed light on the way the university does, or does not, punish students found liable for sexual assault, an SPLC legal brief argues. Read more
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Free speech organizations urge court to reverse decision in University of South Carolina lawsuit

A half-dozen free speech groups are backing a University of South Carolina student who says his First Amendment rights were violated by university administrators. Read more
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