The coronavirus pandemic and resulting school closures are affecting student journalists and advisers in myriad ways. The Student Press Law Center has created a number of resources to help you cope with the problems you may face, as well as news coverage to keep you informed on the state of student media during this crisis.

How else can we help?

Is there a guide, resource or news story you’d like to see from SPLC about the coronavirus? Email SPLC Digital Strategist Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org with the subject line “How SPLC can help me” and let us know.


  • SPLC Statement on Student Media as Essential Service During COVID-19 - Student journalists, like professional journalists, play a unique and essential role in news gathering and reporting, particularly in a time of crisis. Their efforts should not be limited or censored during this critical time.
  • Essential Services Letter - If you are encountering any problem with administrators respecting the unique role of student news media during this time of crisis, please feel free to use this letter to explain the legal definition of essential services and the role of student news media.
  • Guide to Covering the Coronavirus Pandemic - SPLC attorneys answer your top legal questions about covering the coronavirus, plus see relevant SPLC tipsheets and advice for journalists from a number of organizations.
  • High School Budget Advocacy Toolkit - COVID-19 should not mean the end of student media at your school. Student journalists provide an essential service to their community; in the wake of COVID-19, high school student journalists have provided the glue to hold the school community together, and have kept the student body apprised of critical changes to their school year and information about the ways schools are working… Continue reading High School Budget Advocacy Toolkit
  • What to do if your program is under threat because of COVID-19 - Tips for what to do if you have been told by administrators or student government that you can’t cover the pandemic even though you are taking proper measures to protect your health and the well being of those around you, can’t produce yearbook pages about how the pandemic affected your school or are facing a budget cut because of COVID-19.
  • Resources for teaching remotely - Teachers and advisers can utilize these online resources including presentations, quizzes and SPLC's Virtual Speakers Bureau to transition their classes to an online format.

“Ask SPLC” questions about coronavirus coverage

Student coverage

  • Coronavirus Yearbook Spreads - The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the 2019-2020 academic year in unprecedented ways, leading to school closures across the country. Yearbook staffs face the unique challenge of not only documenting things like canceled sporting events, proms and virtual graduation ceremonies, but figuring out how to produce, sell and distribute yearbooks when normal processes aren’t possible. In… Continue reading Coronavirus Yearbook Spreads

Has your student publication been covering the coronavirus pandemic?
We want to add it to the list!

  • Newspapers / broadcast students (or advisers) please email Alexis Mason at amason@splc.org with the subject line “My coronavirus coverage” and a link to your story or stories.
  • Yearbook students (or advisers) please email Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org with the subject line “Yearbook” and a PDF of your spread, along with the name of your publication, school, city and state.