In 2018, Washington became the 14th state to sign a law protecting the rights of student journalists.
The Student Journalists’ Freedom of Expression Act was introduced on February 16, 2017, and signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo on July 18, 2017.
The Nevada New Voices legislation was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 2, 2017 and became effective on October 1, 2017.
Vermont New Voices legislation was incorporated into House Bill 513, which was signed into law by Governor Phil Scott on May 23, 2017.
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
In June, Nevada passed “New Voices” legislation designed to give specific protections for student journalists. Here’s what Patrick File, who helped lead the effort, had to say about his experience getting this legislation proposed, sponsored and passed so quickly.
After passing the Illinois legislature with unanimous support, the Illinois New Voices Act was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on July 29, 2016.
On April 26, Governor Lawrence Hogan signed Maryland's New Voices bill into law, protecting the free expression rights of high school and college journalists.
The American Society of News Editors, comprised of newsroom leaders across America, is the latest to join a growing consensus of professional journalism organizations calling for an end to legalized censorship of student journalism, adding momentum to the growing national "New Voices" reform movement.