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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

New Jersey Becomes 15th New Voices State

For immediate release: December 22, 2021 For more information: Andrew Benson | abenson@splc.org Download as a PDF Student Press Law Center commends New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy for codifying student press freedom WASHINGTON — The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) commends the State of New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy for their recent passage and yesterday’s… Continue reading New Jersey Becomes 15th New Voices State

Can students take photos of other students in school without their knowledge?

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Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: So, there's a new Instagram trend of photographing and posting pictures of people without their knowledge (or permission) and a number of such IG accounts have cropped up about our school. The… Continue reading Can students take photos of other students in school without their knowledge?

News Release: The “RedEye” at duPont Manual High School wins The Courage in Student Journalism Award

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2021 Contact: Andrew Benson | abenson@SPLC.org Washington, DC— The Student Press Law Center is excited to award the 2021 Courage in Student Journalism Award to the RedEye at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Students within the Journalism and Communication magnet program exposed Nazi and antisemitic language and images… Continue reading News Release: The “RedEye” at duPont Manual High School wins The Courage in Student Journalism Award

Can we use a student’s preferred name in the yearbook?

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Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: I work on our yearbook and historically we have used students' legal names to accompany their yearbook photos. Increasingly, however, students have asked that we use a different “preferred” name, often to reflect… Continue reading Can we use a student’s preferred name in the yearbook?