"The SPLC helped me realize that what I was fighting for was important. With their support, we were able to overturn the prior review policy and return Cardinal Columns to the rightful hands of student journalists."
Tanvi Kumar, former editor-in-chief of Cardinal Columns at Wisconsin’s Fond du Lac High School and co-editors Gillian McGoldrick and Reed Hennessy of The Playwickian at Pennsylvania’s Neshaminy High School will share the Courage award, presented annually to recognize students who show exceptional fortitude in overcoming adversity to bring important stories to the public.
Fond du Lac High School’s student news organization will return to business as usual this academic year with new guidelines, after a prior review policy caused friction between administrators and student journalists in the previous school year.
Student journalists at Fond du Lac High School had to choose between releasing their final paper in time for graduation and fighting against what they felt was unfair censorship. They chose to print the censored paper.
The photo accompanying a story about a Wisconsin high school’s new prior review guidelines is being censored under those very guidelines, which were established in response to the publication’s last issue featuring a story about sexual assault.
Students and teachers at Fond du Lac High School are urging administrators to rethink a decision to impose prior review guidelines on student publications after the student magazine wrote an article about sexual assault.
Student journalists are petitioning their superintendent, asking him to reverse prior review guidelines created in response to the student news magazine’s article about sexual assault.