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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The nonprofit, nonpartisan SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

FOI Lawsuit template

If a government agency denies your request for records, use our templates to file a complaint in court and learn about legal options in your state.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

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.

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.

Editor at Wichita State University’s The Sunflower says funding “compromise” offered by a student government committee will kill the paper

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.

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.

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.

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.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Covering School Walk-Outs and Protests FAQs

Every day, the Student Press Law Center is receiving inquiries from student media, asking how to cover the walk-outs and student protests including the March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24. The following FAQs are meant to help answer questions for student journalists covering this important story. 

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

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Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

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