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Students across the US “Unmute Themselves” for 4th annual Student Press Freedom Day

A young woman stands among protesters taking photos with a DSLR Camera. The biggest sign says "Defund CCPD."
Student photojournalist Kathryn Skeean raises her camera to make photographs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Athens, Georgia on June 2, 2020. [Photo by: Taylor McKenzie Gerlach]

On Feb. 24 student journalists and national press freedom organizations across the United States stood up and celebrated Student Press Freedom Day. Embracing the theme of “Unmute Yourself,” students and allies across the country did just that. Student Press Freedom Day is an annual nationwide event that recognizes student journalists, raises awareness of challenges facing… Continue reading Students across the US “Unmute Themselves” for 4th annual Student Press Freedom Day

New York Students ‘Call’ for Student Press Freedom

Carolyn Heckle – a junior at Corning-Painted Post High School in Corning, New York – understands the importance of a free press and the power of a phone call. She and her classmates conducted a phone banking effort to advocate for student press freedom through the New York Student Journalist Free Speech Act. The law… Continue reading New York Students ‘Call’ for Student Press Freedom

SPLC ensures Washington New Voices bill effectively protects students’ rights

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) began an on-ground initiative in Washington to implement the New Voices bill in order to ensure that students, advisers and administrators know their rights and how they must support free press under the law. Want to get involved with New Voices?New Voices is a student-powered nonpartisan grassroots movement of… Continue reading SPLC ensures Washington New Voices bill effectively protects students’ rights

SPLC trains hundreds of student journalists in preparation for Student Press Freedom Day

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In preparation for the fourth annual Student Press Freedom Day on Feb. 24, the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) hosted a series of skills-building workshops which gave participants tangible skills they can utilize in their work both as journalists and as advocates for press freedom. Get involved this Student Press Freedom Day Student journalists must… Continue reading SPLC trains hundreds of student journalists in preparation for Student Press Freedom Day

Hawaii and West Virginia are taking steps to protect student press freedom

Bright blue and white logo saying New Voices on a dark blue background

What do Hawaii and West Virginia have in common? They both took huge steps toward restoring and protecting student press freedom on February 3, when legislative committees in both states recommended New Voices legislation for passage. Students in both states testified remotely before their representative Education committees, highlighting both the stories they have been able… Continue reading Hawaii and West Virginia are taking steps to protect student press freedom

Book Club: Join Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and acclaimed high school journalists to talk “Chasing the Truth”

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for a very special book club on Instagram Live! We'll be talking about their book "Chasing the Truth: A Young Journalist's Guide to Investigative Reporting" with rockstar high school journalists from Townsend Harris High School in New York. The Student Press Law Center will be represented… Continue reading Book Club: Join Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and acclaimed high school journalists to talk “Chasing the Truth”

Workshop: Using Social Media as a Journalist & Advocate

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Social media is a powerful tool that enables almost anyone to have a platform. Join us as we explore how journalists can be advocates for student press freedom online along with tips for staying safe while doing so. We'll also break down the 2021 Mahanoy Area School District v. BL USSupreme Court decision – you know, "the f*ck… Continue reading Workshop: Using Social Media as a Journalist & Advocate