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What exactly is censorship?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: What exactly is censorship? A: Anytime someone who works for the school prevents or attempts to prevent you from publishing content in your student publication, you’re dealing with censorship. On the college level,… Continue reading What exactly is censorship?

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Can students take photos of other students in school without their knowledge?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: So, there’s a new Instagram trend of photographing and posting pictures of people without their knowledge (or permission) and a number of such IG accounts have cropped up about our school. The… Continue reading Can students take photos of other students in school without their knowledge?

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What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos? A: The law is not settled, but there have been some recent developments that suggest you probably want to exercise more caution. Following some… Continue reading What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos?

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Can we use a student’s preferred name in the yearbook?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: I work on our yearbook and historically we have used students’ legal names to accompany their yearbook photos. Increasingly, however, students have asked that we use a different “preferred” name, often to reflect… Continue reading Can we use a student’s preferred name in the yearbook?

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Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook? A: Generally no. In addition to protecting one’s right to speak, the important flip-side to the First Amendment is… Continue reading Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook?

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What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

All around the country, an alarming trend has emerged: state governments are adopting school curriculum restrictions – some of which may impact student journalists. Called “anti-CRT”, “divisive concepts” or “don’t say gay” laws, these laws significantly – and often ambiguously – restrict what can and cannot be discussed in school materials. For student journalists, this… Continue reading What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

Back to School 2021

Nobody is sure what the school year may bring. More lockdowns and school closures? Maybe. Censorship? Almost definitely.  SPLC is with you through another unpredictable year. We’ve compiled tips, tools, policies, legal guides and more to help you smoothly transition into the school year. And don’t forget, you can contact SPLC’s legal hotline any time… Continue reading Back to School 2021