Current Status: Indiana has come close to passing New Voices several times in the past. The 2024 legislative session begins in January. Join the movement by emailing SPLC’s Advocacy and Organizing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Movement
- Read our model New Voices bill and talk with SPLC’s New Voices Advocacy and Organizing Team (email@example.com) about what would work best in Indiana.
- Contact your state legislators to let them know why this legislation is important to you. Find out who your legislators are here. Not sure what to say? Check out our phone script and letter-writing tips here.
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Refine your thoughts with talking points, find answers to frequently asked questions, or find other resources here.
- Locate a copy of your school district’s student media or student expression policy. This toolkit can tell you everything you need to know about your policy and what you can do with it. Some student media policies offer legal protection equal to or even exceeding New Voices protections. If that’s the case, spread the word! (And let SPLC know, too.)
- Help your colleagues better understand student press freedom by inviting an SPLC expert to join you: SPLC In The Classroom.
- Spread the word about New Voices. Enlist all your friends in Indiana to raise their voices in support of this measure, which ensures the basic First Amendment rights of student journalists and protects their advisers from retaliation.
Why Indiana needs New Voices
- Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
- OUR VIEW: Student Media holds an important part in journalism, everyday life Daily News (1-30-19)
- A High School Allegedly Banned Students From Covering A Classmate’s Arrest BuzzFeed News (1-28-19)
- Students Want to Use Voices But Censorship Remains The Tower (1-30-19)
- Editorial: Students need freedom, too Kokomo Tribune (2-4-18)
- Plainfield High student journalists say they are being censored. Lawmakers could help them. IndyStar (1-25-18)
History of New Voices in Indiana
- 2008: A college-only bill is proposed, but does not move forward.
- 2017: HB 1130, sponsored by Representative Ed Clere, passed the House by a vote of 88 to 4, but was never called to the Senate for a vote.
- 2018: HB 1016, again sponsored by Rep. Clere, was approved by the House but came four votes shy of the number needed to be considered by the Senate.
- 2019: HB 1213 was introduced but was never heard by the legislature.
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