North Dakota succeeds in strengthening New Voices law

The John Wall New Voices Act, the North Dakota law which gave rise to the New Voices movement, has been upgraded. Read more

You Don’t Have The Votes: Indiana New Voices Legislation Dies in Senate

A bill to protect the free expression rights of student journalists died unexpectedly in the Indiana Senate today. Read more

Newspapers disappear from Virginia Tech campus after story updating murder trial

Somewhere between 900 to 1,200 newspapers were stolen from the Virginia Tech campus last week after a seemingly routine update to a local murder trial involving two former university students. Read more

Rhode Island joins the race with New Voices bills in House and Senate

Two bills introduced in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate look to defend student journalists’ freedom of speech in school-sponsored and independent media. Read more

Washington state New Voices legislation dies in House Education Committee

Efforts to pass New Voices legislation in Washington state will have to wait until the next legislative cycle after House Education Committee members chose Tuesday not to take action on the current bill. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: LoMonte named director of UF's Brechner Center, SPLC launches search for successor

The SPLC board will launch a nationwide search to replace Executive Director Frank LoMonte, who is leaving after nine years to head a press-freedom think-tank at the University of Florida. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Supreme Court urged to restrict colleges’ authority to discipline off-campus social media speech

First Amendment organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Minnesota community-college student kicked out of school over a dispute with a classmate on Facebook. Read more

Nevada New Voices bill looks to add on to existing free speech rights

The rights of Nevada’s student journalists could get a boost if a New Voices bill just filed in the state legislature can make it to the governor’s desk. Read more

Amended New Voices bill passes Indiana Senate committee

The Indiana Senate’s Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to pass an amended student press freedom bill on Wednesday. Read more

Texas senator introduces New Voices legislation

Just under the wire for the deadline to file bills for the Texas state legislature, Senator José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, submitted a bill that would grant free speech protection to student journalists in public schools. Read more

The right stuff

For students and journalism educators, recent FAA clarifications on drone use are opening up the skies for aerial newsgathering. Read more

Private California university requests takedown of student news article

The Santa Clara, Santa Clara University’s namesake student newspaper, published an editorial detailing a recent incident of the publication’s censorship by the school’s administration.  Read more

Nebraska student senate upholds veto of Daily Nebraskan funding cut

An effort to overturn a $20,000 funding cut to the Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska, fell one vote short at a university student government meeting Wednesday. Read more

Nebraska student newspaper facing $20,000 funding cut after student body president vetoes fee allocation

The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska, is facing a potential $20,000 funding reduction from the university’s student government for the upcoming academic year. Read more

Missouri New Voices bill moves on to the Senate

Missouri’s Walter Cronkite New Voices Act has successfully passed through the House of Representatives and is halfway home. Read more

Kentucky AG seeks to intervene in WKU, KSU lawsuits

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is joining two student newspapers in fighting back against their colleges’ attempts to withhold public records of investigations into sexual harassment complaints. Read more

Judge dismisses “trial of the [expletive] century” between The Koala and UC-San Diego

A district court in California has thrown out a lawsuit filed by The Koala, a satirical campus publication, against University of California-San Diego administrators and student government. Read more

University of Michigan sued after 106 day delay for four emails

The Mackinac Public Policy Center, a Michigan policy nonprofit, is suing the University of Michigan over a delay in receiving emails from university president Mark Schlissel containing the word “Trump.”  Read more

Arizona New Voices passes House Education Committee, now one step closer to becoming law

In a 10-1 bipartisan vote Monday, the Arizona House Education Committee advanced New Voices legislation that would grant student journalists in the state freedom from administrative censorship. Read more

Washington New Voices clears state Senate with strong bipartisan support

New Voices legislation is one step closer to becoming law in Washington state after senators voted Thursday to move the bill on to the House of Representatives. Read more