It’s time to raise your voice.
Make plans now to take part in a nationwide Student Press Freedom Day Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Use #StudentPressFreedom on social media.
For more than three decades, far too many student journalists have been censored by image-conscious school administrators, or intimidated to self-censor or not report on “controversial” topics that matter to their peers or their community.
The legacy of the 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court decision is a shameful one. Students across the country are demanding reform at the state level.
Fourteen states have enacted “New Voices” legislation to protect the First Amendment press rights of student journalists and prevent against their advisers and teachers. Grassroots nonpartisan coalitions powered by students and other volunteers have taken root in many other states.
The Student Press Law Center is calling for students around the country to plan and lead events to demand #StudentPressFreedom on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Coordinated Op-ed Campaign:
- Ball State Daily News — Ball State University, Indiana
- Bear Facts — Lake Zurich High School, Illinois
- The Bulletin. Emporia (Kan.) State College
- The Bridge — Bridgeland High School, Texas
- Clypian — South Salem High School, Oregon
- College Heights Herald — Western Kentucky University, Kentucky
- The Columbia Chronicle — Columbia College Chicago
- The Daily — University of Washington
- The Daily Athenaeum — West Virginia University, Morgantown
- The Daily Cardinal — University of Wisconsin, Madison
- The Daily Helmsman — University of Memphis, Tennessee
- The Daily Nebraskan — University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- The Daily Orange — Syracuse University, New York
- The DePaulia — DePaul University, Illinois
- The Feather — Fresno Christian High School, California
- Eastern Progress — Eastern Kentucky University
- FHS News — Freedom (Pa.) Area High School
- The Gator — Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Golden Gate Xpress — San Francisco State University, California
- Iowa State Daily — Iowa State University
- The Kentucky Kernel — University of Kentucky
- The Lowell — Lowell High School, San Francisco
- Manual Redeye — Dupont Manual, Kentucky
- The Michigan Daily — University of Michigan
- News-Register Online — North Lake College, Texas
- Niner Times — UNC Charlotte, North Carolina
- Northeast Valley News — Scottsdale Community College, Arizona
- North Texas Daily — University of North Texas, Denton
- The Pearl Post — Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Lake Balboa, Calif.
- Philly.com — Philadelphia
- The Picket — Sheperd University, West Virginia
- The Pioneer — Long Island University, Brookville, NY
- The Prairie — West Texas A&M University
- Rubicon Online — St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Minnesota
- The Shield — McCallum High School, Texas
- The Signal — Georgia State University
- The Signal — University of Houston Clear Lake, Texas
- Society for Collegiate Journalists — Storm Lake, Iowa
- The Scribe — University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- The Spectator — McPherson College, Kansas
- The Spinnaker — University of North Florida
- The Standard — Missouri State University
- The Tack — Buena Vista University, Iowa
- The Thunderbeat — Bellevue (Neb.) West High School
- The Torch — Ferris State University
- The Torch — St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York
- The Tower — John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana
- U-High Midway — University of Chicago Laboratory High School
- The Wilson Times — Wilson, North Carolina
Here are a few ideas to get you started. Build on these, and make your own:
- Publish an editorial in your student publication on/around Jan. 30. Imagine what a powerful statement can be made if several hundred high school and college student news organizations spoke out at once. SPLC will be curating and sharing editorials published around the country.
- See if you have a New Voices grassroots campaign in your state and coordinate activities with it. Or, if you are one of 14 states with a New Voices law, create an activity that celebrates and calls attention to it.
- Submit an op-ed or letter to editor to your local newspaper or TV-radio news station to get published or aired on Jan. 30.
- Get the staff and all your friends together to post anti-censorship messages to Twitter and tag @SPLC. On Instagram, tag @studentpresslawcenter.
- Engage your artist, musician and theater friends to help out.
- Create T-shirts with a slogan that supports free press and raise money for your student news organization.
- Distribute stickers or buttons with anti-censorship messages.
- Plan a rally or school-wide meeting to talk about why journalism matters.
- Host a “No Censorship” bake/water/snacks sale to support your publication and distribute information about New Voices efforts in your state (Maybe even sell Cure Hazelwood bracelets too.)
- Produce videos in which students and advisers talk about why they value a free press.
- The Express Newspaper of San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA designed a T-shirt celebrating key clauses of California Ed Code 48907. Three dollars from each shirt sale will be donated to the Student Press Law Center. Purchase a shirt.
- How to contact officials in your state to express your views on Student Press Freedom Day New Voices legislation:
- New Voices: a grassroots push for student free expression rights
- SPLC model legislation to protect student free expression rights
- What is the Hazelwood ruling?
- Why is the Hazelwood ruling hazardous to student media and campus free expression?
- Tinker: a better standard
- Hear the oral arguments in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)
- Hear the oral arguments in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969)
- Students identify with 50-year-old Supreme Court case (January 2018)
- Hear an interview with siblings Mary Beth and John Tinker (December 2017)
- C-SPAN Landmark Cases program about Tinker v. Des Moines (April 2018)