What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

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All around the country, an alarming trend has emerged: state governments are adopting school curriculum restrictions - some of which may impact student journalists. Called “anti-CRT”, “divisive concepts” or “don’t say gay” laws, these laws significantly - and often ambiguously - restrict what can and cannot be discussed in school materials. For student journalists, this… Continue reading What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

Uncertainty, censorship of chosen names, and adviser burnout — SPLC staff reflects on convention conversations

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SPLC taught nine workshops over the course of three days at the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, covering topics ranging from New Voices training sessions to copyright law to reporting on #MeToo. During this time, SPLC staff connected with hundreds of young student journalists, advisors and teachers from across the country. Being… Continue reading Uncertainty, censorship of chosen names, and adviser burnout — SPLC staff reflects on convention conversations

Q&A with Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of Howard University’s The Hilltop

Interview by Alexis Mason, Outreach and Operations Manager at the Student Press Law Center Student journalists are vital and keep their schools and communities connected and informed. SPLC recognizes the importance of student journalism and we want to use these Q&As to amplify their accomplishments, highlight the challenges they face, and broaden the understanding of… Continue reading Q&A with Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of Howard University’s The Hilltop

Breaking down yearbook censorship in 2022

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It's hard to overstate the importance of yearbooks as a form of student journalism. Yearbooks give students a platform to capture what their lives have been like throughout an academic year — a function that's even more crucial in the current moment, where students are living through so many challenging national and global circumstances. Yearbooks… Continue reading Breaking down yearbook censorship in 2022

Supporting advisers, celebrating successes on Student Press Freedom Day

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Editor's Note: This piece was initially published by JEA Scholastic Press Rights Committee on Feb. 24, 2022 (Student Press Freedom Day). Today is Student Press Freedom Day, a national day of action when student journalists in the United States raise awareness of the challenges they face, celebrate their contributions to their schools and communities, and take… Continue reading Supporting advisers, celebrating successes on Student Press Freedom Day