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SPLC Student Advisory Board — Apply now!

In an effort to ensure that we are staying as relevant and forward-thinking as possible, the SPLC is creating a Student Advisory Board which will work with us to advise us on the SPLC's work, programs and profile.  It will not be a heavy lift: one video conference meeting per month with some emails in between with… Continue reading SPLC Student Advisory Board — Apply now!

December 2018: What effect does paying student journalists have on the composition of a newsroom?

The Cavalier Daily staff in their newsroom / Photo Provided by Tim Dodson

Madison Dudley: For many, working as a collegiate student journalist means going unpaid or underpaid. The work experience is considered payment enough and the experience is often a pre-requisite to landing an internship or full-time job in journalism. But the financial reality for student journalists has changed over the last 20 years, especially in the… Continue reading December 2018: What effect does paying student journalists have on the composition of a newsroom?

In a win for transparency, Pennsylvania court orders release of school bus surveillance video

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida arguing for greater transparency in public schools and against overly broad usage of FERPA to block what should be public information. The following is an excerpt from a story by the… Continue reading In a win for transparency, Pennsylvania court orders release of school bus surveillance video

Arkansas high school paper republishes censored story, but prior review and threat to adviser’s job remain

Halle Roberts (middle right) and Jack Williams (right) stand with other staff members of The Herald in Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Ark. Photo courtesy of Jack Williams

ARKANSAS — An Arkansas school district drew national criticism after it apparently broke state law by censoring the paper and halting its publication. The district also announced it would implement prior review. Springdale Public Schools backtracked and allowed online publication of the censored story and editorial, but significant obstacles remain unresolved. The Student Press Law… Continue reading Arkansas high school paper republishes censored story, but prior review and threat to adviser’s job remain

University of North Alabama President addresses censure over ousted student media adviser

The Flor-Ala media adviser Scott Morris and members of The Flor-Ala staff were in New York to attend a journalism conference.

12/10/2018 UPDATE: The President of the University of North Alabama, Kenneth Kitts, called College Media Association's censure an “effort to conflate an academic decision… with an attack on the First Amendment.” Kitts' Dec. 6 statement to the UNA faculty senate said CMA’s censure has given rise to “sensational headlines” about the university and its administration,… Continue reading University of North Alabama President addresses censure over ousted student media adviser

SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

An Arkansas school district censored a high school student newspaper, halted its publication and put it under a prior review policy in response to an investigative story and editorial about the transfer of six football players to a rival high school. The Har-Ber Herald's story was factual and reflected thorough reporting, including the use of… Continue reading SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

Meet the South Dakota student pushing state legislators for student press freedom

The story is from The Lead, a weekly newsletter for student journalists in college and high school, created by Taylor Blatchford. Subscribe here. Only 14 states have laws protecting press freedom for student journalists, and Gage Gramlick hopes to make South Dakota the 15th. Gage is a senior at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls,… Continue reading Meet the South Dakota student pushing state legislators for student press freedom