An Illinois bill protecting student journalists’ rights was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday and is effective immediately. The state had existing protections for college journalists, but the bill adds similar protections for students in public high schools as well. Students in public high schools will now have a legally protected right to choose what… Continue reading Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship
Illinois becomes the tenth state with a statute protecting the independence of student journalists, joining a growing nationwide movement that began with passage of the New Voices of North Dakota Act in 2015.
When Hope Johnson was a freshman in high school, her journalism instructor taught her class the history of American journalism. But one lesson in history stuck out the most to her, and even struck a nerve. The Hazelwood case. “It made me slightly angry, but mostly confused,” said Johnson. “I was under the impression that… Continue reading Hazelwood Inspires Student’s Testimony
RHODE ISLAND — A Rhode Island bill aimed at protecting students’ right to free speech and press died in committee after no action was taken on it before the legislative session ended. The bill, which was part of the nationwide ‘New Voices’ campaign, would also protect student media advisors from being retaliated against for content… Continue reading Rhode Island New Voices bill dies in committee
Here is a look back at the evolution of Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act, on Twitter, from Illinois Journalism Education Association.
Students in Illinois high schools and their advisers will have heightened legal protection against censorship and retaliation, if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill that cleared the Illinois legislature just hours before its 2016 session adjourned.
One of the nation's strongest laws protecting the independence of high school journalism is on its way to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk after the state House gave its final approval Tuesday. HB 5902 passed the House 117-0 after its sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, asked his colleagues to accept Senate-approved amendments that paved the… Continue reading Student press freedom bill bound for Illinois governor’s desk
A bill protecting high school journalists' independence, and shielding their advisers against retaliation, needs only a concurring House vote to reach Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
Without opposition, the Illinois Senate ratified a bill Friday protecting the editorial independence of high school journalists and advisers, putting the measure one technicality away from Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. House Bill 5902 needs only a perfunctory House vote agreeing to non-controversial amendments added in the Senate. The House had earlier passed its version of the bill 114-0,… Continue reading Unanimous Senate vote leaves Illinois student press freedom legislation on the verge of becoming law
After unanimously passing the Illinois House, a student press rights bill cleared its toughest hurdle Tuesday and needs only a Senate floor vote and the House's concurrence in minor Senate amendments before heading to the governor's desk.