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What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

All around the country, an alarming trend has emerged: state governments are adopting school curriculum restrictions – some of which may impact student journalists. Called “anti-CRT”, “divisive concepts” or “don’t say gay” laws, these laws significantly – and often ambiguously – restrict what can and cannot be discussed in school materials. For student journalists, this… Continue reading What is all this talk about “Prohibited Concepts” and how does it affect student journalists?

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What exactly is censorship?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: What exactly is censorship? A: Anytime someone who works for the school prevents or attempts to prevent you from publishing content in your student publication, you’re dealing with censorship. On the college level,… Continue reading What exactly is censorship?

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Self-Censorship Quiz

How well do you understand self-censorship? Do you know it when you see it? Take our quiz to test your knowledge:

Back to School 2022

This year, practice bold journalism and brave advocacy, knowing SPLC has your back. We’ve compiled tips, tools, policies, legal guides and more to help you smoothly transition into the school year. And don’t forget, you can contact SPLC’s legal hotline any time for help with all your media law needs. Find the Back to School… Continue reading Back to School 2022

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Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook? A: Generally no. In addition to protecting one’s right to speak, the important flip-side to the First Amendment is… Continue reading Can my public school administration require us to cover a story in the yearbook?

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A note from the Board Chair: Thank you, Hadar! And what’s ahead for SPLC

Yesterday, SPLC’s Executive Director Hadar Harris announced that, after five years of remarkable service, she will be looking to the next chapter and challenge in her career, including launching rightsandjustice.org, a new consulting firm that will work on human rights-based organizational transformation. Although we’re lucky to retain her leadership until early next year, the SPLC… Continue reading A note from the Board Chair: Thank you, Hadar! And what’s ahead for SPLC

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What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.” Q: What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos? A: The law is not settled, but there have been some recent developments that suggest you probably want to exercise more caution. Following some… Continue reading What is the latest copyright law on embedding photos?