NEWS RELEASE: Student photojournalist who sued to retain copyright for his work is vindicated

A Texas student whose high school insisted on claiming ownership of photos he took for use in student media publications dismissed his lawsuit against school officials this week after the school district backed down and acknowledged his ownership.  Read more

New Voices legislation dies in committee in New York and Minnesota, stalls in New Jersey

The last three states with pending New Voices legislation for this session, New York, Minnesota and New Jersey, all failed to move the bills out of committee. Read more

High school editor boycotts graduation after school suppresses sexual misconduct records and censors stories

Grace Marion, a senior at Neshaminy High School and editor-in-chief of The Playwickian, found the high school mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints filed at the school. Read more

Tips for rescuing your student publication’s finances

Here’s what several advisers, student journalists and journalism organizations recommend to reduce risk of budget cuts and diversify income streams. Read more

These paid journalism internships are still accepting applications

Each month, the Student Press Law Center compiles a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some that are open right now.  Read more

SPLC sends letter to Texas school district to stop censoring student media, 17 orgs sign on

Following multiple instances of censorship of an award-winning online student newspaper and the ouster of its acclaimed adviser, the Student Press Law Center asks district administrators overseeing Prosper (Texas) High School to update its publications policy in line with the First Amendment right to free press. Read more

After months of criticism and bad press, Texas high school reverses prior review policy, allows editorials

Eagle Nation Online will not be subject to prior review in the upcoming school year.  Read more

Missouri scraps student press freedom bill for third year in a row

The Missouri Senate killed House Bill 1940, also known as the Cronkite New Voices Act, by not voting on it before the legislative session ended on May 18. Read more

Funding for a Virginia university's paper fully restored after being cut to $100

Funding for the University of Mary Washington's The Blue and Gray Press' print edition was slashed on April 27, cutting their budget from $13,665 to just $100. Read more

Between unclear state policies and privacy laws, finding concussion data can be a headache for reporters

School officials often deny requests for generalized concussion data, incorrectly citing privacy laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Sometimes concussion information isn't being tracked in the first place.  Read more

WEBINAR: Learn how to protect journalism advisers from retaliation

The SPLC outlines how students and advisers can work together to prevent and push back against firings, reassignments, pay cuts and other forms of adviser retaliation.  Read more

Criticized, sued, and overcharged: Are barriers to reporting on sexual assault surmountable for student journalists?

Student journalists face a multitude of challenges when it comes to reporting on allegations of sexual assault and harassment on their campuses. Read more

Indiana students launch coalition to counter "rampant" press censorship at Christian universities

Taylor University students conducted a survey to measure censorship at Christian universities. The results were so stunning, the group launched the Student Press Coalition. Read more

Register now for Advisers at Risk, a webinar about protecting journalism advisers from retaliation

Join the Student Press Law Center at 4 p.m. ET on Wed. May 9 to learn about the risks journalism advisers face and how to stave off (or confront) retaliation.  Read more

It’s almost summer, but there are still some paid journalism internships out there

Each month The Student Press Law Center brings you a list of paid internships with upcoming application deadlines. Here are some with May, rolling or unspecified deadlines. Good luck! Read more

An administrator confiscated a student photojournalist's camera. He may have broken the law.

Yearbook and newspaper photographer Stephanie Whisler had her camera confiscated by her associate principal while covering a student walk-out at her school. Read more

As students lead a movement, student journalists face a decision: Can they be both reporters and participants?

Across the nation, students are engaging in rallies and protests. How are student journalists reacting, especially when the topics involve students? Read more

As college publications fight to stay independent of their administrations, newsrooms are banding together to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Save Student Newsrooms calls on student-run publications to run editorials that highlight the need for student media on April 25 — the unofficial Support Student Journalism Day. They also ask alumni of student newsrooms to share their experiences with student media and to consider donating to their student paper.  Read more

Legal Analysis: Getting the numbers on college censorship

Legal Intern Lindsie Trego explains her survey and research into censorship of public college media.  Read more

Missouri New Voices bill passes Senate committee (for the third year in a row)

After a unanimous 7-0 vote, Missouri’s New Voices bill passed successfully April 10 through the Senate Education Committee and should head to a full Senate vote next. Read more