New Voices

New Voices is a student-powered nonpartisan grassroots movement of state-based activists who seek to protect student press freedom with state laws. These laws counteract the impact of the 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court decision, which dramatically changed the balance of student press rights. New Voices supporters include advocates in law, education, journalism and civics who want schools and colleges to be more welcoming places for student voices.

On March 23, 2023, West Virginia became the 17th state to restore and protect student press freedom! Congratulations and thank you to the advocates who made this possible.

The 2023 legislative year is underway. In 2023, New Voices bills were introduced in Connecticut, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia (where New Voices become law!). Several state legislatures are still in session; click the links to find out more.

Active New Voices campaigns are also at work in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin, among others.

For more information or to get involved, contact our New Voices Advocacy and Organizing Team at Along with your contact information (including city and state), please indicate if you’re a student, educator or other interested party.

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Here are the 17 states with laws that protect the First Amendment rights of student journalists:

Read the specifics about the laws and regulations here. In addition, Virginia law protects the rights of college students only, and there are codes protecting the rights of student journalists in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

During state legislative sessions in 2018, bills were introduced in seven states and passed into law in one (Washington).

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Timeline of Student Press Legislative Protections