Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing

Passion filled the room when free press advocates, student journalists and educators stressed the importance of unrestricted journalism for high school and college students in a state Senate committee hearing regarding the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act on Wednesday — which the committee then passed 7-0. In 1988, Missouri became the birthplace of the landmark… Continue reading Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing

Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Two New Voices bills were passed out of their state committees this week, signaling a step forward for legislation that would protect free speech rights and press rights for student journalists. The bills, introduced in Washington and Missouri, would both protect high school and college student journalists’ right to exercise freedom of speech and of… Continue reading Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Free speech advocates testify in support of Missouri student press freedom legislation

MISSOURI — The hearing room was packed, but when a Missouri house committee member asked for opposing testimony on a bill that would protect free speech rights for student journalists, everyone fell quiet. “It was the longest 20 seconds of my life,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director at the Student Press Law Center. “That told… Continue reading Free speech advocates testify in support of Missouri student press freedom legislation