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.
The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about obtaining information and privacy laws.
This is a sample release form for the non-commercial use of material provided by a minor to student media.
A brief guide to the four separate types of privacy invasion.
A discussion of the legal and ethical issues concerning publishing minor names and photos in student media.
A growing body of law indicates that censorship is more likely to create, rather than counteract, a school's potential for liability. This guide explores liability for student media at public and private high schools and colleges.
By Mike Hiestand, SPLC legal consultant
During the summer following her freshman year of high school, Jane completed treatment for an eating disorder.
The Arrow newspaper staff knew from experience that surveying fellow students at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, Calif., was popular with readers.
Handling and publishing material that has (possibly) been illegally obtained and provided by third-parties.
The four elements of a libel claim, and the ways to defend against a claim.