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SEPTEMBER 2018: LEGAL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

When students accuse administrators of censorship it puts advisers in a sticky situation. Many want to help their students but can’t because of their status as a school employee. employee. Student newsrooms are also being financially squeezed by the emergence of  copyright traps, where a photo grabbed online in violation of copyright can cost student… Continue reading SEPTEMBER 2018: LEGAL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

Ask SPLC: Parental permissions for photos of minors?

Q: Can we publish students' names and photos online without parental permission, even when the students are minors? A: Yes. Many people mistakenly believe that parental consent is needed in order to identify students in a publication-- be it print or online-- but no federal privacy law requires such consent. If your school tells you there… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Parental permissions for photos of minors?

STATEMENT OF CONCERN: University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2018Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org / @SPLC The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is concerned about the recent situation wherein an official of the University of Southern California briefly restricted a journalist for the Daily Trojan newspaper from taking notes and reporting on a public forum for students, staff… Continue reading STATEMENT OF CONCERN: University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan

450 issues of The OU Daily stolen — writer thinks it’s attempted censorship of front page sexual harassment story

An OU Daily newsstand stands empty outside of the Fred Jones Jr. Art Center Sept. 17. Several newsstands were emptied after an article on sexual harassment allegations against the former School of Drama director was published on the front page. The OU Daily / Kathryn Stacy

OKLAHOMA — An estimated 450 issues of The OU Daily were stolen on Sept. 17 from multiple locations across the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. The stolen issue featured a front page article about sexual harassment allegations against a tenured drama professor who remains at the university but resigned in August from his position as director of the School of… Continue reading 450 issues of The OU Daily stolen — writer thinks it’s attempted censorship of front page sexual harassment story

Vermont high school students use New Voices law to win censorship dispute

BHS Register editors speak to the Burlington school board on Thursday. Left to right: Jenna Peterson, Julia Shannon-Grillo, and Halle Newman. VTDigger / Lola Duffort

VERMONT — Student journalists at Burlington High School used the state’s New Voices law to successfully fight back against censorship and prevent the reinstatement of a prior review policy. On Sept. 10, the BHS Register was the first to report  about an investigation by the Vermont Agency of Education focused on the school’s director of guidance, Mario Macias.… Continue reading Vermont high school students use New Voices law to win censorship dispute

As Hurricane Florence crashes into the Carolinas, student journalists report through the storm

Hurricane Florence approaching North and South Carolina. Photo by NOAA

NORTH CAROLINA — Alexis Wray, editor in chief of The A&T Register at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, is among the few who was looking forward to Hurricane Florence’s east coast arrival on Thursday. “I am extremely excited,” Wray said. She’s not excited about the Category 2 hurricane, but does want to be a source of… Continue reading As Hurricane Florence crashes into the Carolinas, student journalists report through the storm

A new semester means a new round of internship opportunities

Photo by Madison Dudley

Every month, the Student Press Law Center makes a list of paid journalism internships. Some with upcoming deadlines include meteorology, sports reporting, investigative reporting and broadcast.  September 19 Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington D.C.)  Reporting Internship - Work as a full time reporter in the Chronicle of Higher Education news room.  October 1 Atlanta-Journal Constitution  Digital… Continue reading A new semester means a new round of internship opportunities