Washington New Voices bill officially heads to governor’s desk

The bill was delivered on March 9. Gov. Jay Inslee has 20 days to take action on the bill from the date it is received and provide 24 hours notice before signing it. Read more

Pennsylvania school newspaper censored after school board member condemns homosexuality and teaching evolution

The future of Elizabethtown Area High School’s student newspaper may be at risk after the school’s principal censored a portion of a recent interview with a school board member. Read more

Wichita State University President John Bardo approves major cuts to student paper, The Sunflower

The proposal would cut almost a quarter from the paper’s current fee allocation. The paper’s editor says the “compromise” is still a death knell. Read more

Nebraska New Voices bill stalls, dies in committee

Student journalists in Nebraska will have to wait at least another year for New Voices, as the Judiciary Committee is not expected to take any action on the bill. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Students walk out and the Student Press Law Center steps up: new resources launched to cover walk-outs and “March for Our Lives”

As students lead walk outs and actions across the nation to demand an end to gun violence, the Student Press Law Center — the nation’s only legal services organization dedicated solely to protecting the First Amendment rights of student journalists — is launching an expanded hotline and resource hub to ensure safe and accurate reporting on this movement. Read more

Washington New Voices bill passes House committee by slim margin

After passing through the House Judiciary Committee with a narrow 7 to 6 vote on Feb. 22, Washington’s New Voices bill is nearing the finish line. Read more

Still looking for a summer internship? Here are some with upcoming March deadlines

If you’re still looking for a summer journalism internship, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of paid internships and fellowships with March deadlines. Read more

New Voices bill clears Missouri House, heads to the Senate

The Walter Cronkite New Voices bill easily cleared a milestone Feb. 19, as it passed through the House of Representatives with heavy support, 129-20. The bill will now move to the state’s Senate — where it has stalled the last two years. Read more

College PR offices fight against student media to manipulate narrative

Some college PR offices are deceptively spinning stories, masquerading as news, denying student reporters access to sources, and infringing on student media's editorial independence. Read more

Michigan State’s student newspaper on the frontlines of covering the Larry Nassar sex abuse case

The State News was one of the first outlets to cover the case, posting its first story less than a day after The Indianapolis Star published its investigation. Read more

Deciphering DACA: Making Sense of the Deadline, the Headlines, and the Education Stakes

The Student Press Law Center is teaming up with Education Writers Association to offer context to the debate over DACA, a program President Obama created to temporarily shield young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. Read more

Virginia governor signs two bills which limit access to student records

On Feb. 19, House Bill 1 passed the Virginia Senate with a 38-2 vote. The bill will now go back to the House for approval of changes made by the Senate.  Read more

Effort to ‘Cure Hazelwood’ gains momentum on first National Hazelwood Day of Action

The event included Facebook Lives with the likes of student press advocates Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey, a webinar on the history of the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision and a ton of great photos, videos and messages from students on what getting rid of school censorship would mean to them. Read more

Student press freedom bill fails in South Dakota House Education Committee

South Dakota’s House Education Committee effectively killed a bill that would protect some First Amendment rights of public school students. Read more

New Voices bill killed in Indiana House

Indiana’s New Voices bill to protect student journalists' rights failed in the House Feb. 5 after it fell short of the 51 votes needed for passage to the Senate. The House voted 47 to 44 in favor. Read more

Hundreds of student newspapers vanish at Kansas community college, staff suspects theft, censorship

Students at Butler Community College's Lantern distributed their biweekly newspaper on Jan. 31. The next morning, close to a third of the papers were missing. Entire racks were emptied. Read more

Open-government groups support public access to school surveillance videos

Newsworthy video from school surveillance cameras can’t be withheld from the public on the grounds of student privacy (FERPA), a group of open-government groups argues in a brief filed with a Pennsylvania appeals court. Read more

Don't freak — there are summer journalism internships left

Thought you missed all the deadlines for summer journalism internships? No need to worry — we compiled a list of paid journalism internships and fellowships around the country with deadlines in February/early March Read more

Don't miss our upcoming webinar, Hazelwood Then and Now

Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. ET the Student Press Law Center will host a live webinar featuring three legal experts to tell us about the past, present and future of student media censorship in the aftermath of the 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court case.  Read more

High school administrators in Utah censored The Telegraph. So, The Telegram was born.

After launching an independent website to publish a story that was censored, Utah students are asking their school's administration to let them re-publish an article about teacher misconduct. Read more