Q&A with Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of Howard University’s The Hilltop

Interview by Alexis Mason, Outreach and Operations Manager at the Student Press Law Center Student journalists are vital and keep their schools and communities connected and informed. SPLC recognizes the importance of student journalism and we want to use these Q&As to amplify their accomplishments, highlight the challenges they face, and broaden the understanding of… Continue reading Q&A with Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of Howard University’s The Hilltop

Pulitzer-winners, packed rooms and in-depth legal trainings: highlights from SPLC’s return to in-person conventions

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Student journalist Elena Eberwein (left) interviews Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor during the SPLC-sponsored keynote address of the 2022 Spring CMA Convention in New York. (Photo by Alexis Mason)

SPLC sponsored the keynote address with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, trained students through workshops and reconnected with the student journalism community.

Breaking down yearbook censorship in 2022

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Photo by: Stilfehler (CC 4.0 SA / Wikimedia Commons)

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

Students across the US “Unmute Themselves” for 4th annual Student Press Freedom Day

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Student photojournalist Kathryn Skeean raises her camera to make photographs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Athens, Georgia on June 2, 2020. [Photo by: Taylor McKenzie Gerlach]

On Feb. 24 student journalists and national press freedom organizations across the United States stood up and celebrated Student Press Freedom Day. Embracing the theme of “Unmute Yourself,” students and allies across the country did just that. Student Press Freedom Day is an annual nationwide event that recognizes student journalists, raises awareness of challenges facing… Continue reading Students across the US “Unmute Themselves” for 4th annual Student Press Freedom Day

What exactly is censorship?

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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?

The Student Press Law Center calls for release and end to the harassment of student journalists in Russia

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As an organization which supports, promotes and defends the First Amendment and freedom of expression rights of student journalists in the United States, the Student Press Law Center unequivocally condemns the raid on the offices of DOXA, a Moscow-based magazine run by student journalists from various universities

People around the country celebrated Student Press Freedom Day 2021. Now, the work continues

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Feb. 26 marked Student Press Freedom Day 2021: Journalism Against the Odds. Weeks of events, new resources and community building activities culminated on that day with overwhelming nationwide support for a free student press. Students and advisers from all over the country joined together with SPLC and 20 partner organizations.  We hope you're feeling energized and inspired, let's… Continue reading People around the country celebrated Student Press Freedom Day 2021. Now, the work continues