First Amendment ruling focuses the lens on photojournalists' rights — again

A citizen activist lost his First Amendment case against a Missouri police department when a federal court held that there is no constitutional right to insist on access to photograph government activities. The ruling does nothing, however, to undermine the well-established right to photograph police when they're doing official business in public.

NEWS RELEASE: Journalism groups rally behind UCSD student media against retaliatory withdrawal of financial support

In a brief filed Monday, the SPLC and seven national press-freedom organizations argue that a federal district judge erred in concluding that a public university can discontinue funding for student media anytime for any reason, even if motivated to punish the editors for unwanted viewpoints.

Rhode Island House, Senate pass 'New Voices' legislation

Rhode Island lawmakers held a last-minute vote Thursday and unanimously passed two identical New Voices bills in the House and the Senate, then ratified the House version late Friday. Unless the governor vetoes it, House Bill 5550 will make Rhode Island the thirteenth state with a statute protecting student journalists. 

Federal court ruling recognizes students' First Amendment right to make recordings on school grounds

Students have a constitutionally protected right to record the activities of school authorities on school grounds during school time, unless the school shows that recording will be substantially disruptive, a Maine judge decides in a case that could clarify the rights of student newsgatherers everywhere. 

Pittsburg Steel: High school journalists' investigative feat fuels calls for legal reforms — everywhere except Indiana

Commentators say the nationally acclaimed reporting of high-school journalists aided by Kansas' Student Publications Act should convince legislators elsewhere to join the growing movement to protect the independence of school-produced journalism.

U.S. District Court affirms First Amendment right to complain in rejecting motion to dismiss former student's complaint

A case in Virginia has provided a welcome stand against retaliation for students exercising their First Amendment rights. On March 30, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia rejected a motion to dismiss by the defendants in Deegan v. Moore, finding that student Jennifer Deegan had been well within her rights to… Continue reading U.S. District Court affirms First Amendment right to complain in rejecting motion to dismiss former student's complaint