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With the education of more than 55 million K-12 and 19.9 million college students upended by the pandemic, student journalists at the high school and college levels are on the front line, reporting about the impact of the pandemic on their generation. Their work is essential, and the Student Press Law Center’s work to assist and defend them is too.

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Jarod Hamilton, a Black college student and EIC of The Register poses in front of a blue background

HBCU newspaper editors tell us about their work and the significance of Black student journalists reporting Black news (Part 3— North Carolina A&T State University’s The A&T Register)

Q&A with Jarod Hamilton, the editor-in-chief of North Carolina A&T State University’s The A&T Register Interview by Alexis Mason, Outreach and Operations Manager at the Student Press Law Center In honor of Black History Month, SPLC is celebrating the rich history of student journalism at historically Black colleges and universities by conducting a series of Q&A… Continue reading HBCU newspaper editors tell us about their work and the significance of Black student journalists reporting Black news (Part 3— North Carolina A&T State University’s The A&T Register)

Ariyon Daily, a Black college student, smiling

HBCU newspaper editors tell us about their work and the significance of Black student journalists reporting Black news (Part 2— Florida A&M University The Famuan)

Q&A with Ariyon Dailey, the editor-in-chief of Florida A&M University’s The Famuan Interview by Alexis Mason, Outreach and Operations Manager at the Student Press Law Center In honor of Black History Month, SPLC is celebrating the rich history of student journalism at historically Black colleges and universities by conducting a series of Q&A interviews with editor-in-chiefs… Continue reading HBCU newspaper editors tell us about their work and the significance of Black student journalists reporting Black news (Part 2— Florida A&M University The Famuan)

Three high school students wearing face masks work at laptops at a table.

Nebraska high school censors student editorial about censorship, and journalism adviser resigns

UPDATE: On Feb. 12, the administration at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska censored a student editorial about censorship. The same day, one of the Westside journalism advisers resigned. This came shortly after Westside student journalists testified on Jan. 29 for a bill that would have prevented this censorship. On Feb. 10, District 66 Superintendent… Continue reading Nebraska high school censors student editorial about censorship, and journalism adviser resigns