Video from the Committee on Judiciary hearing on March 22, where state senators voted 5-0 on Senate Bill 848.
Cristin Langworthy, a lobbyist and women's rights activist, talks about her experience with censorship and reasons for supporting New Voices legislation. She was interviewed in 2016 by Student Press Law Center Outreach Intern Kelcey Caulder.
Tanvi Kumar, a former Wisconsin high school journalist who was censored for writing a story about rape culture, speaks out about fighting the censorship. A New Voices bill would protect journalists like Tanvi. Video: Brooke Bean. Music: Fall to pieces - Silence by mika (c) 2010. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0).
Originally published in the Providence Journal A student at The Met High School is the driving force behind a student press-freedom bill that’s coming before a General Assembly committee right in the heart of Sunshine Week. “Educational institutions don’t make students stronger by preventing them from speaking their minds freely,” said Yanine Castedo, 16, of… Continue reading Edward Fitzpatrick: Student Teaches Sunshine Week Lesson On Press Freedom
Originally published in the The Peninsula College Buckaneer Washington State Senate bill 6233 of Jan. 13 is up for debate at the Washington State Legislature. Dubbed the “New Voices Act,” it would allow enhanced first amendment rights of free speech and press rights in school-sponsored media both at the high school level and at the… Continue reading New Voices Act champions freedom of speech at Washington State Legislature
Call it the journalistic equivalent of plastic surgery: Since the U.S. Supreme Court limited high school students’ free expression rights in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier in 1988, administrators have been requiring students to nip and tuck their stories to be more image-friendly and to toss more controversial articles on the back burner. Fortunately, these… Continue reading “We are giving youth the power to speak:” A high school senior calls for New Voices of Texas
Editorial originally published in The Baltimore Sun There's an urgent consensus that young people are entering the electorate under-prepared to take ownership of their democracy — and Maryland's legislature has a chance to enact a proven civics-education reform that costs zero dollars. The New Voices Act (SB 764 by Sen. Jamie Raskin) would add Maryland… Continue reading A toxic lesson of censorship
Do you remember the first time you were told that you couldn’t report on something? How your breath stopped short in your chest? The way the light drained from your eyes and anger sparked in your stomach and you knew your cheeks were on fire? The way your eyes never left the floor? The way… Continue reading “Censorship is the kind of thing you never forget:” A college journalist on the need for New Voices
Click on the documents below to read the testimonies of support for the Maryland New Voices bill. Testimony of Tina M. Kelleher, PhD Testimony of Laurin E. Grubb Support from SAVE Our Votes Support from Maggie Gottlieb, President, UMD Society of Professional Journalists Support from the Libertarian Party of Maryland Support from the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association… Continue reading Maryland Testimony
“Passage of this bill is important for at least two reasons. The first is self-evident: Freedom of the Press is an essential component to any free society, and the tenants of that principle should not be threatened or controlled by any institutional power. The age of the journalist is irrelevant, and it’s hypocritical to teach… Continue reading North Dakota Testimony