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

Five adults in lanyards stand around a blue SPLC convention table talking

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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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

A young woman stands among protesters taking photos with a DSLR Camera. The biggest sign says "Defund CCPD."
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

SPLC calls on Superintendent at Bigelow High School to reprint censored yearbook pages with an apology

On Friday, August 13, SPLC executive director Hadar Harris sent a letter to East End School District (Arkansas) Superintendent Heidi Wilson asking that she reprint pages which had been ripped from the Bigelow High School yearbook and distribute them to the full school community. Harris further asked that the Superintendent attach a formal written apology… Continue reading SPLC calls on Superintendent at Bigelow High School to reprint censored yearbook pages with an apology