The Student Press Law Center is dedicated to protecting and promoting the legal rights of student journalists so they can focus on what they do best: producing great journalism.
Student journalists of all ages serve a crucial role as watchdogs in their schools and communities, producing everything from insightful op-eds to breaking news to months-long records-based investigations. Here are just some examples of their incredible work:
- Student coverage of racial justice protests - Student journalists are on the frontlines of protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25. Through their coverage, students are keeping their communities informed on protests, curfews and local government response, despite attacks from police and risk of exposure to COVID-19. In order to recognize and express our appreciation for… Continue reading Student coverage of racial justice protests
- COVID-19 coverage by student journalists - Student journalist have been at the forefront of news reporting amid the coronavirus outbreak. In this unprecedented time, student reporters are working together, sometimes from thousands of miles apart, to cover campus and community news. In recognition of the essential work of student journalist, the Student Press Law Center has put together a list featuring… Continue reading COVID-19 coverage by student journalists
- Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day - In 2019, nearly 70 student newsrooms wrote editorials as part of the Year of the Student Journalist. For Student Press Freedom Day, we’ve relaunched the op-ed campaign for pieces on the importance of student press freedom. High school, college and professional journalists are answering the call. Don’t see your name on the list below? Email Danielle Dieterich… Continue reading Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day
- 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