As student journalists, it’s important to stay safe and understand what the parameters are when covering public protests or school walkouts.
Signed by Gov. David Ige in May 2022, the law protects the press freedom of Hawaii’s public school and university student journalists and their advisers. The law says that student journalists cannot be disciplined by school officials, except in certain very narrow circumstances, and that advisers cannot be penalized for refusing to infringe on their… Continue reading A Guide to Hawaii’s Student Journalism Protection Act
Each year, the Student Press Law Center presents a competitive high school journalism and college journalism award to recognize exceptional efforts in fighting for student press freedom. Examples include taking a stand against censorship or other threats to publishing, pushing back when initially denied public records and/or stories that expose misdeeds, malfeasance or corruption. The… Continue reading Apply Now: High School and College Press Freedom Awards
In addition to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states can provide additional free speech protection to their own citizens by enacting state laws or regulations. The Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act is such a provision. The law affirms the right of student journalists attending Hawaii public schools and colleges to determine the content… Continue reading Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act (2022)
In this Legal Question of the Week, SPLC attorneys explain why you may get charged for using a Creative Commons photo if you don’t carefully read the license.
The Student Press Law Center joins in mourning the children and teachers killed yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Schools should be a place of learning and joy, not a target for violence. Our hearts go out to the shattered families who have lost their precious children and family members.
SPLC congratulates the State of Hawaii on the signing of HB1848, the “Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act.”
The Student Press Law Center joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 16 other media companies and press advocacy groups in filing a brief urging the Ohio State Supreme Court to hear an appeal in Gibson Bros. Inc. v. Oberlin College. In March, an Ohio appellate court held the private college liable… Continue reading SPLC urges the Ohio State Supreme Court to hear an appeal in Gibson Bros. Inc. v. Oberlin College
About the Student Press Law Center: The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is an independent, nonpartisan 501c(3) based in Washington, D.C. which works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to promote, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists at the high school and college level. Founded in 1974, the Student… Continue reading SPLC Seeking Organizing Associate
Read the full letter SPLC sent to the Seminole County School Board urging them to adopt a new student media publications policy.