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

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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?

Uncertainty, censorship of chosen names, and adviser burnout — SPLC staff reflects on convention conversations

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SPLC taught nine workshops over the course of three days at the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, covering topics ranging from New Voices training sessions to copyright law to reporting on #MeToo. During this time, SPLC staff connected with hundreds of young student journalists, advisors and teachers from across the country. Being… Continue reading Uncertainty, censorship of chosen names, and adviser burnout — SPLC staff reflects on convention conversations

Breaking down yearbook censorship in 2022

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It's hard to overstate the importance of yearbooks as a form of student journalism. Yearbooks give students a platform to capture what their lives have been like throughout an academic year — a function that's even more crucial in the current moment, where students are living through so many challenging national and global circumstances. Yearbooks… Continue reading Breaking down yearbook censorship in 2022