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 email@example.com 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.
- Guide to Reporting (and Running an Efficient Newsroom) Remotely During the Coronavirus Closures - Switching to online-only presents unique challenges for student journalists. SPLC answers your top questions about how to continue doing high-caliber reporting and maintain staff morale and efficiency in this new reality.
- What to do if your program is under threat because of COVID-19 - If you have been told by administrators or student government that: You must stop publishing due to the COVID-19 pandemicYou can’t cover the pandemic even though you are taking proper measures to protect your health and the well being of those around youYou can’t produce yearbook pages about how the pandemic affected your schoolNews outlet… Continue reading What to do if your program is under threat 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.
We’ve collected coverage from more than 100 student publications (high school and college) and will continue updating the list as this outbreak unfolds.
Has your student publication been covering the coronavirus pandemic? We want to add it to the list! Email SPLC Digital Strategist Danielle Dieterich at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “My coronavirus coverage” and a link to your story or stories.