Answers to our most frequently asked legal questions about yearbooks.
Know your rights when covering a protest
These legal reminders and tips will help you avoid and/or deal with confrontations while covering protests.
SPLC model district policy for high school student media
A clear school policy protecting student press freedom can prevent many censorship conflicts.
Guide for the private school press
Do students at a private high school or college have to check their free speech rights at the campus gate when they walk to school each morning?
The answer to that question is a resounding maybe.
Responding to takedown demands
Takedown demands come in all shapes and sizes. Responding to these demands can be confusing, but – with a well-thought-out policy that is enforced fairly and consistently – student publications can reduce their risk of a takedown breakdown.
Naming names: Identifying minors
A discussion of the legal and ethical issues concerning publishing minor names and photos in student media.
State-by-state guide to the reporter’s privilege for student media
Reporter's privilege laws vary by state. Some laws provide broad protection, shielding both unpublished and published information as well as confidential and non-confidential sources and information.
A dozen tips to avoid being burned by a hot story
As more student media move from being merely a showcasefor football players and prom queens to being serious news organizations,not afraid to address controversial or sensitive subjects, theyface many of the hazards that have long confronted their commercialcounterparts: threats of libel lawsuits, invasion of privacy claims,charges of bias, etc.
Access to student government meetings and information
A state-by-state guide to your legal right to attend student government meetings.
Covering School Walk-Outs and Protests FAQs
Every day, the Student Press Law Center is receiving inquiries from student media, asking how to cover the walk-outs and student protests including the March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24. The following FAQs are meant to help answer questions for student journalists covering this important story.