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Paid internships for the summer in audio, broadcast and digital open now

Every month, the Student Press Law Center makes a list of paid journalism internships. Some have upcoming deadlines include outlets in major cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and D.C. Other big-name outlets have rolling deadlines. Did we miss any? Send an email to SPLC reporter Cory Dawson to get internship information added. March 4… Continue reading Paid internships for the summer in audio, broadcast and digital open now

Ask SPLC: Can we use an image found online to illustrate a movie review?

Q: We're reviewing a new movie (or a new song, video game, TV show, book, etc.). Can we use an image we found online as an illustration? A: Yes, but you have to be selective. As a general rule, most of material that you find online — whether it's a photo, a story, music, etc. — is… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can we use an image found online to illustrate a movie review?

A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019

More bills protecting the First Amendment rights of student journalists are moving through statehouses than ever before, according to a Student Press Law Center tally. The 11 bills are part of a nationwide effort to pass “New Voices” bills in state legislatures, which effectively counteract and clarify the limits of the 1988 Hazelwood School District… Continue reading A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019

New Voices in your state

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R/C/I-Corning) and Senator Tom O'Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) visited student journalists at Corning-Painted Post High School's Tesserae yearbook on Friday, February 1 to present them a copy of the resolutions the legislators co-sponsored, recognizing January 30 as Student Press Freedom Day in the State of New York. Both Palmesano and O'Mara are co-sponsors of New York's New Voices legislation, the Student Journalist Free Speech Act.

Nebraska Judiciary Committee moves New Voices bill forward

Photo by Julia Holmquist

UPDATE:Feb. 22, 2019Nebraska’s New Voices bill unanimously passes the legislature’s Judiciary Committee Friday, albeit with some changes. Legislative Bill 206 was changed to remove a clause granting immunity to schools that may fear a lawsuit over what the school newspaper publishes. Sen. Adam Morfeld (D-District 46), the bill sponsor, wrote that the Judiciary committee chairman… Continue reading Nebraska Judiciary Committee moves New Voices bill forward

Ask SPLC: Am I obligated to take down an embarrassing story if the subject of it asks?

A: It depends. First of all, it is a good idea for your publication to have a policy on takedown demands or retractions. Many publications have a policy that is some variation of stating that there will be no takedowns or retractions unless something in the article is false.  It is important to keep in mind… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Am I obligated to take down an embarrassing story if the subject of it asks?

Supreme Court asked to hear case about criminalizing “disruptive” speech to school employees, SPLC signs onto brief siding with students

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. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Feb. 19, 2019 update: Supreme Court Declines Challenge to Kentucky Law on School Disruption. Coverage from Education Week. Read or download… Continue reading Supreme Court asked to hear case about criminalizing “disruptive” speech to school employees, SPLC signs onto brief siding with students

Ask SPLC: Can private school advisers safely testify in support of a protective student media policy?

Q: I am a student media adviser at a public high school whose principal has censored several articles over the years. Last week he did it again for no other reason, he said, than "it made the school look bad." This has prompted my students to ask the school board to pass a new, more protective… Continue reading Ask SPLC: Can private school advisers safely testify in support of a protective student media policy?

House lawmakers ‘fast-tracking’ Missouri New Voices bill in 2019

Mitch Eden, Jack Rintoul, Rep. Deb Lavender, Thora Pearson, Maddie Meyers Photographer: Hannah Hall, Lavender's Chief of Staff

Feb. 13, 2019 UPDATE: Missouri’s New Voices bill passed a key House committee vote on Wednesday, Feb. 13. HB 743 passed unanimously in executive session, with all twelve committee members supporting it, House General Laws committee Vice Chairman Jered Taylor (R-District 139) said in a text message. The vote moves the bill to the House… Continue reading House lawmakers ‘fast-tracking’ Missouri New Voices bill in 2019

SPLC signs onto brief appealing discipline for “disrespectful” political speech by medical student on Facebook

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Read or download the full brief. In the latest legal skirmish over the ability of public universities to regulate what… Continue reading SPLC signs onto brief appealing discipline for “disrespectful” political speech by medical student on Facebook