‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Michael Kennedy of the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association is interviewed by high-school journalists in advance of his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.

As a high-school student in Sioux Falls, S.D., Adam Morfeld was threatened with expulsion for distributing a homemade "underground" newspaper. Funny thing about those high-school troublemakers: Sometimes they have long memories. In 2018, state senator Adam Morfeld sat before the Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee to explain why he's proposing a law (LB 886) to protect… Continue reading ‘Husker Do! Live from Lincoln Senate, students take center stage

Happy New (Voices) Year: 2018 rings in with seven promising state campaigns

Coming off the most successful year ever in the movement to outlaw image-motivated censorship in school newsrooms, 2018 opened with a burst of activity in legislatures from Washington to New York. In the opening days of the new year, bills were introduced in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York, with holdover bills reactivated… Continue reading Happy New (Voices) Year: 2018 rings in with seven promising state campaigns

Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

Washington's Kathy Schrier, North Dakota's Sue Skalicky, Minnesota's Lori Keekley and Ohio's John Bowen exchange strategies at the Kent State legislative workshop.

Kent State University's journalism school has released video highlights of a symposium that brought together press-freedom advocates from across the country to exchange strategies for effective legislative advocacy. Attendees got an intensive lobbying boot camp from Rebecca Snyder of the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Press Association, who led the successful New Voices of Maryland movement leading to enactment… Continue reading Tips for effective advocacy, from Kent State’s Legislation Conference

A Texas student reflects on hitting the Hazelwood ceiling

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Freedom of speech, yet we are limited.… Continue reading A Texas student reflects on hitting the Hazelwood ceiling

AEJMC brings New Voices Florida together

New Voices of Florida got a jumpstart in St. Petersburg from the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The national media education organization's Scholastic Journalism division made New Voices a prominent part of its 2017 midwinter conference. Ben Mullin, managing editor of Poynter.com, gave attendees from Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, and North… Continue reading AEJMC brings New Voices Florida together

What would you report on if you could report on anything?

By Hillary Aerts DeVoss Let me preface this entry by saying this much: My students have never been punished for anything they’ve produced, nor have they been given a list of topics that they can’t cover. That’s what made this exercise so interesting. When I posted the results on Facebook, which I hadn’t originally intended… Continue reading What would you report on if you could report on anything?

Four Years In

North Dakota NVA advocates prepare to take their victory photo after Gov. Dalrymple signed their bill into law in April 2015.

The full story of the New Voices Movement is long, full of plot twists, protagonists and antagonists galore - stretching all the way back to 1969 and Mary Beth Tinker's black arm band. I've had the pleasure and honor of being closely involved with this movement to legislatively counteract Hazelwood, to protect colleges from Hazelwood… Continue reading Four Years In

Student Press Law Center executive director gives interview about New Jersey’s New Voices law

New Jersey has a second shot at passing a New Voices bill, and New Jersey student journalists have been presenting their case in an impressive show of civic engagement. The Garden State Scholastic Press Association interviewed Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center, to get more information on the legislation. In… Continue reading Student Press Law Center executive director gives interview about New Jersey’s New Voices law

Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship

Makin' the Law: Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship
Journalism educators celebrated after a Senate committee vote approving the New Voices of Illinois press freedom bill, which on Friday cleared the Senate on a 51-0 vote with one abstention.

An Illinois bill protecting student journalists’ rights was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday and is effective immediately. The state had existing protections for college journalists, but the bill adds similar protections for students in public high schools as well. Students in public high schools will now have a legally protected right to choose what… Continue reading Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship