New classroom presentations provide instruction on freedom of information law and confidential sources for student journalists

The Student Press Law Center announced this month the addition of two new classroom presentations to assist high school journalism teachers in educating their students about freedom of information law and using confidential sources as they head back to school this fall.

The creation of these PowerPoint presentations, which are available for free on the SPLC Web site, was supported by a grant from the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.

These are the last of a seven-part series. They are accompanied by detailed teacher presentation notes and should enable teachers to provide accurate, useful information about the law to their students, no matter their level of media law expertise.

The presentations can be downloaded from the SPLC Web site at:

SPLC View: If you haven’t already done so, check these out. Because the SPLC staff doesn’t have the ability to visit every high school student newsroom in the country to help sort through the various legal issues that student news organizations regularly confront, these may be the next best thing. In addition to our new presentations, don’t forget to test your knowledge of student press law by taking our quiz at:

It’s a great refresher for your entire student media staff — and a good start toward making this year legal-problem free!