These legal reminders and tips will help you avoid and/or deal with confrontations while covering protests.
Editor's note: This story provides tips for finding information about mental health in schools. For guidance on ethical considerations while covering these stories, please consult National Alliance on Mental Illness or Active Minds. For legal considerations, contact SPLC's legal hotline. Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are rising among teenagers. According to Active Minds,… Continue reading How to access the information you need to cover mental illness at your school
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The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about open records and open meetings.
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