As well-meaning as they may be, a school official telling you what you can and cannot publish is still censorship. Here are a few things to know as you navigate publication decisions for your yearbook.
It’s that time of year again when school administrators and student journalists face the nail-biting moment of yearbook release, mostly excitement with just a bit of (occasionally well-founded) trepidation.
Contact: Hadar Harris, Executive DirectorStudent Press Law Center(202) 549-6316 / email@example.com Student Journalists Celebrate 3rd Annual Student Press Freedom Day on Feb. 26 Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of the 3rd annual Student Press Freedom Day on Friday, Feb. 26th, the Student Press Law Center released a white paper today detailing a continuing pattern of censorship of student journalists by… Continue reading Censorship of Student Journalists Persists Despite their Essential Role Reporting on COVID, Protests, Racial Justice and Elections, New White Paper Finds
The law is constantly changing, but here’s our best analysis of some common questions that may help you as you navigate social media, whether you’re using it as a part of your reporting duties or just in your personal life.
After recently graduating from Kearney High School, Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz opened their yearbooks to find blank spaces under their portraits. Both submitted witty quotes about their gay identities, only to find that the school scrubbed them from the pages.
Q: I am the editor of a public high school yearbook. An advertiser — a local real estate agent — submitted a family photo as part of his ad. In it, he is holding a hunting rifle (we live in hunting country.) Given the many incidents of gun-related school violence I asked for a different photo, but… Continue reading Ask SPLC: An advertiser wants to include a photo of himself holding a gun. Can we say no?
The Student Press Law Center is deeply concerned and disappointed by the Virginia House of Delegates’ elimination of essential protections for high school journalists in HB 36. Two weeks ago, on Student Press Freedom Day, student journalists from across Virginia gathered before a House of Delegates subcommittee in support of New Voices legislation (HB 36).… Continue reading SPLC Statement: Virginia HB 36 As Amended Does Not Meaningfully Advance Protections for Student Journalists
UPDATE: The Virginia House Education Committee passed an amended version of HB 36 that did not include free speech protections for middle and high school journalists on Monday, Feb. 3. Hillary Davis, Student Press Law Center’s New Voices advocacy and campaign organizer, said the Virginia New Voices coalition hopes the legislature will decide to hold… Continue reading Virginia Education Committee guts New Voices legislation with a major amendment, leaving high school journalists unprotected
As you head back to the classroom and newsroom for what will surely be a very abnormal new school year, SPLC is here to help however we can. SPLC attorneys are answering your top legal questions about reporting on COVID-19 as a student journalist each week in our segment “Ask SPLC.” We’ve added new Virtual… Continue reading Back to School 2020
Tips for what to do if you have been told by administrators or student government that you can’t cover the pandemic even though you are taking proper measures to protect your health and the well being of those around you, can’t produce yearbook pages about how the pandemic affected your school or are facing a budget cut because of COVID-19.