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New for fall 2019:
SPLC Virtual Speaker Bureau
Let us meet you in your newsroom! Invite an SPLC expert to come speak to your class or newsroom via Zoom video conference. Speakers will join you for up to 40 minutes (including Q & A) and can present on one of the following selected topics:
• High school student press freedom
• Freedom of Information / public records
• Libel and defamation
To schedule a speaker, please fill out the Student Press Law Center Virtual Speakers Bureau request form, give us a few scheduling options, and please provide at least 10 business days’ advance notice. Slots are set to eastern time.
All presentations will be conducted on the free Zoom video conferencing platform (download Zoom here).
As you start the school year, advisers have a variety of important things to remember as you set the tone for your relationship with your students, and ensure that the journalists and news organization you advise operates efficiently – and lawfully.
- Have “The Talk” students about their roles as journalists and leaders, and your supporting role. Here is a guide to having that conversation
- Media adviser tip sheet
- Sometimes an adviser’s ignorance is bliss (or at least safer)
- PowerPoint presentations about copyright, student press freedom, public records and more
- How to handle secret sources and confidential information
- Media advisers and the law
- “Advisers at Risk” webinar
- Responding to censorship. Here’s a more detailed guide.
- High schools: Establish student media as a forum for student expression
- Colleges: Policies to protect student press freedom
Strong journalism is your best defense
The best way to avoid trouble is to do good journalism! Here are a few resources to make sure you know the law and understand your rights.
• Use our fun quizzes to evaluate your understanding of media law
• How to proactively confront censorship
• Top 10 FAQ from high school journalists
• Top 10 FAQ from college journalists
• Top 10 FAQ from yearbook students
• Student Media Guide to Internet Law
• Avoiding plagiarism in student media
Copyright, model agreements and other key topics
- Who owns the copyright to work created by a student journalist?
- Copyright and fair use
- Cyberlaw and online publishing FAQs
- Privacy laws as they relate to journalism and photojournalism
- Responding to auto-generated copyright infringement notices
- Model copyright agreement
- Sample minor interview consent form
- Student media guide to protecting sources and information
- Sample advertiser indemnification clause