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, including access issues, financial burdens and challenges presented by operating entirely online.

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 with the subject line “How SPLC can help me” and let us know.

Tips for

Covering COVID-19

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Strategies for

Student Media Finances

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Student Media is an Essential Service

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. Rather, they must be supported and encouraged as part of providing an essential service to the community during the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Read SPLC’s full statement about why student journalism is essential and what we all must do to protect student media in these difficult times:

Students, 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.

Other tools and tips

  • Understanding Yearbook Censorship in the Time of COVID - As well-meaning as they may be, a school official telling you what you can and cannot publish is still censorship. Here are a few things to know as you navigate publication decisions for your yearbook.
  • 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.

Answers to your top 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