‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Michael Kennedy of the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association is interviewed by high-school journalists in advance of his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.

As a high-school student in Sioux Falls, S.D., Adam Morfeld was threatened with expulsion for distributing a homemade "underground" newspaper. Funny thing about those high-school troublemakers: Sometimes they have long memories. In 2018, state senator Adam Morfeld sat before the Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee to explain why he's proposing a law (LB 886) to protect… Continue reading ‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Happy New (Voices) Year: 2018 rings in with seven promising state campaigns

Coming off the most successful year ever in the movement to outlaw image-motivated censorship in school newsrooms, 2018 opened with a burst of activity in legislatures from Washington to New York. In the opening days of the new year, bills were introduced in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York, with holdover bills reactivated… Continue reading Happy New (Voices) Year: 2018 rings in with seven promising state campaigns

September 2017 Podcast: Outgoing Executive Director Frank LoMonte introduces his successor, Hadar Harris

Frank LoMonte: Hi everyone, and welcome to another monthly installment of the Student Press Law Center’s podcast. The Student Press Law Center is a nonprofit advocate for the rights of young people working in journalism around the country and we help students everywhere get access to the information they need to tell compelling stories and… Continue reading September 2017 Podcast: Outgoing Executive Director Frank LoMonte introduces his successor, Hadar Harris

First Amendment ruling focuses the lens on photojournalists' rights — again

A citizen activist lost his First Amendment case against a Missouri police department when a federal court held that there is no constitutional right to insist on access to photograph government activities. The ruling does nothing, however, to undermine the well-established right to photograph police when they're doing official business in public.

Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

Washington's Kathy Schrier, North Dakota's Sue Skalicky, Minnesota's Lori Keekley and Ohio's John Bowen exchange strategies at the Kent State legislative workshop.

Kent State University's journalism school has released video highlights of a symposium that brought together press-freedom advocates from across the country to exchange strategies for effective legislative advocacy. Attendees got an intensive lobbying boot camp from Rebecca Snyder of the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Press Association, who led the successful New Voices of Maryland movement leading to enactment… Continue reading Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

Federal court ruling recognizes students' First Amendment right to make recordings on school grounds

Students have a constitutionally protected right to record the activities of school authorities on school grounds during school time, unless the school shows that recording will be substantially disruptive, a Maine judge decides in a case that could clarify the rights of student newsgatherers everywhere. 

Pennsylvania court ruling strengthens journalists' claim of access to emails and other school, college records

Email messages don't qualify as FERPA "education records" unless they're kept in a student's permanent file, a Pennsylvania judge rules, in a commonsense interpretation that may bolster journalists' access to documents routinely miscategorized as federally protected secrets.