SPLC is speaking with student editors about their love for journalism, our changing times, and how censorship connects to all of it.
On Constitution Day (and every day), we at SPLC want you to remember: the Constitution protects student press freedom.
New advisers, start the school year on the right note by following this simple advice from a veteran journalism educator.
The Student Press Law Center has submitted formal comments to the Tennessee Department of Education urging it to amend draft regulations implementing the state’s new ban on so-called “prohibited concepts" to ensure that student journalists will not be penalized under the new law. The SPLC has called upon Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn to… Continue reading SPLC urges Tennessee to protect student media from investigation
This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Mahanoy Area School Dist. v. B.L., a student speech case that could fundamentally alter how future generations understand the idea of free speech in America. Read SPLC's Amicus Brief Just over 50 years ago the Court handed down a decision in its landmark student speech… Continue reading SPLC urges Supreme Court to limit school authority over off-campus student speech
When the legislative sessions began in January, New Voices advocates in more than a dozen states intended to make 2020 an historic year for student media. They had no way of knowing what was to come. Throughout 2020 student journalists and New Voices advocates weathered a pandemic, interrupted legislatures, a record-setting election, widespread protests, risks… Continue reading Despite COVID, New Voices made significant progress in 2020
I am writing this in the hopes that all reporters, not just those who are in the early years of their career like me, can learn from my experience.
Melissa Gomez is an 2017-18 Active Voice fellow reporting from Tampa, Fla. When I think about the professional newsrooms I’ve been in, I realize I have been fortunate enough to be able to look up to strong female role models. It’s part of the reason I wanted to be a part of Active Voice. Getting… Continue reading 32 Photojournalists, Not One of them Female
It’s been a little over a week since I revealed publicly for the first time that I’m undocumented. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will be rescinded, a current editor of my high school newspaper reached out to me. She asked me, as a former editor-in-chief of the publication, to write something to our community. She wanted my help localizing national news. I agreed.
Practicing as a free press isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It taught me to be too responsible and too aware of how my actions affect others. It allowed me to cover stories on topics that the public needs to know more about and made me too concerned about my civic duties. It really… Continue reading Opinion: Stop holding their hands