Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on student free press legislation

A committee of state senators heard testimony from student journalists and free press advocates on Thursday regarding a bill that would ensure college journalists in Nebraska have the same First Amendment protection as their professional counterparts. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the New Voices of Nebraska bill, which was introduced in January by Republican… Continue reading Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony on student free press legislation

“We just need to turn up the volume:” A Q&A with the sponsor of the Washington New Voices bill

The Washington State New Voices student press freedom bill, which would have given students at public high schools and colleges the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press, died in committee last week. The bill, which passed through the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education by a 6-2-1 vote, failed… Continue reading “We just need to turn up the volume:” A Q&A with the sponsor of the Washington New Voices bill

SPJ showcases the New Voices movement in its latest podcast episode

Studio SPJ, a podcast of the Society of Professional Journalists, featured the New Voices U.S. campaign in its latest episode. In the Feb. 20 episode, SPJ Region 1 Director Jane Primerano interviewed Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte and John Tagliareni and Tom McHale, both high school journalism advisers in New Jersey who have… Continue reading SPJ showcases the New Voices movement in its latest podcast episode

Washington student press freedom bill stalls in committee this legislative session

After a month of growing momentum, the Washington State student press freedom bill failed to make it out of the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 6233, which would have given students at both public high schools and colleges in the state the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press, passed… Continue reading Washington student press freedom bill stalls in committee this legislative session

Frank LoMonte

Media lawyer Frank LoMonte served for nearly a decade as executive director of the Student Press Law Center. In that role, LoMonte personally responded to nearly 1,000 requests for legal help from journalists and educators throughout the country, and taught educational workshops about the law in some 30 locations from coast to coast each year.… Continue reading Frank LoMonte

Kelcey Caulder

Kelcey Caulder joined the Student Press Law Center as an outreach intern in January. She works on promotional and educational efforts for the New Voices U.S. campaign. She is a junior at the University of Georgia, where she studies journalism and history. She has served on the editorial board of multiple student media publications, including… Continue reading Kelcey Caulder

Madeline Will

Madeline Will joined the Student Press Law Center as publications fellow in June 2015. She reports and edits stories on administrative censorship and other issues affecting student journalism. She also directs social media for the SPLC and New Voices state campaigns. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, where she studied… Continue reading Madeline Will

Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills

In a momentous week for the nationwide New Voices campaign, Maryland and Illinois have joined the list of states with legislation pending to protect students journalists from administrative censorship. Maryland’s bill, Senate Bill 764, introduced by Democratic Sens. Jamin Raskin and Jim Rosapepe on Feb. 5, would extend to high school and college student journalists… Continue reading Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills

Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Two New Voices bills were passed out of their state committees this week, signaling a step forward for legislation that would protect free speech rights and press rights for student journalists. The bills, introduced in Washington and Missouri, would both protect high school and college student journalists’ right to exercise freedom of speech and of… Continue reading Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes