American Bar Association House of Delegates unanimously passes New Voices resolution

In a major development in the movement for student press freedom, the American Bar Association has announced its support for New Voices legislation.  Read more

Student journalist challenges University of Wisconsin for records in investigation of professor

When a professor was pulled out of a lecture and suddenly stopped teaching his other classes, Alex Nemec, a student journalist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, filed records requests to find out why. Nemec has encountered two hurdles to accessing records, the first imposed by the University and the second by the professor himself. Read more

Court says FERPA forbids sharing UK harassment records with attorney general

The Kentucky attorney general will appeal a ruling from a circuit court’s determination that he does not have authority to review records the University of Kentucky has kept confidential following sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Journalism groups rally behind UCSD student media against retaliatory withdrawal of financial support

In a brief filed Monday, the SPLC and seven national press-freedom organizations argue that a federal district judge erred in concluding that a public university can discontinue funding for student media anytime for any reason, even if motivated to punish the editors for unwanted viewpoints. Read more

University of Central Missouri's student newspaper on hold for the year after budget shortfall

The student newspaper at University of Central Missouri will live online-only this academic year. Read more

Keene State student newspaper faces unsure future after university president's resignation

Keene State’s clearer press rights policy hangs in limbo as the newspaper’s budget gets slashed and the university president resigns. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center debuts new online reference resource to help advocates enforce open-records laws

A library of state-by-state reference materials created with the help of SPLC attorney volunteers can help simplify the task of understanding and enforcing open-records laws, a frequent source of tension between journalists and educational institutions.  Read more

NEWS RELEASE: WKU journalist takes home $2,000 prize for investigative reporting on campus sexual harassment

Western Kentucky's student newspaper is honored at a college media conference for its persistent public-records digging, which provoked the university to file a "reverse FOIA" lawsuit seeking to block disclosure of information about how the college responds to sexual harassment complaints.  Read more

Rhode Island governor signs New Voices legislation into law

Not only was Rhode Island the 13th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and establish statehood, but it is now the 13th state to ensure the free-expression rights of student journalists. Read more

Rhode Island House, Senate pass 'New Voices' legislation

Rhode Island lawmakers held a last-minute vote Thursday and unanimously passed two identical New Voices bills in the House and the Senate, then ratified the House version late Friday. Unless the governor vetoes it, House Bill 5550 will make Rhode Island the thirteenth state with a statute protecting student journalists.  Read more

State of the First Amendment? Many Americans say it shouldn't protect divisive campus speakers, hate speech on social media

The Newseum's annual survey finds generally strong public support for First Amendment principles, but that support wanes when the public is asked whether constitutional principles "go too far" in protecting hateful or offensive speakers. Read more

Student newspaper denied access to University of Kansas campus carry plans

The University of Kansas will implement concealed carry on its campus beginning July 1, but students have yet to receive all of the details regarding this procedural shift. Read more

Florida appellate court rules in favor of student news site in records lawsuit

Student government records can’t be withheld from journalists on the grounds of educational privacy, a Florida appeals court has affirmed. Read more

Rejecting family privacy claims, judge won't block release of UConn surveillance video to media requesters

A state-court judge denied a motion for protective order filed by survivors of a UConn student killed in an accident following a fraternity party. The Hartford newspaper sought access to the video under the state open-records act. Read more

Three Michigan State football players charged in secretive sexual assault investigation

Three Michigan State University football players have been charged in a sexual assault case that has been shrouded in secrecy by the university. Read more

Start spreadin' the news, New York's considering a student press freedom bill

A New York legislator, inspired by visiting a hometown high-school newsroom, proposes legislation to protect the independence of student journalists. But consideration is unlikely until 2018, with the legislative session winding down for the year.  Read more

Nevada governor signs New Voices bill into law

Nevada students and journalists alike rejoiced when Gov. Sandoval signed Senate Bill 240 into law late Friday night. Read more

New Hampshire college journalists fight for press access on campus

Despite administration stating there is not campus-wide requirement that all interviews go through campus PR, faculty and student journalists at Keene State College are pushing for a clearer press access policy. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Six standout college journalists will take on "Active Voice" press-freedom service projects

Fellows in the SPLC-funded initiative design and carry out locally tailored projects aimed primarily at addressing the "press freedom gender gap" that afflicts K-12 schools.  Read more

Nevada Senate confirms House vote and sends New Voices bill to Governor

Nevada’s New Voices bill, Senate Bill 420, passed the state legislature this week, awaiting only the governor’s signature before it becomes law. Read more