SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

An Arkansas school district censored a high school student newspaper, halted its publication and put it under a prior review policy in response to an investigative story and editorial about the transfer of six football players to a rival high school. The Har-Ber Herald's story was factual and reflected thorough reporting, including the use of… Continue reading SPLC spearheads coalition to fight censorship incident in Arkansas

NEWS RELEASE: “Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Utah couriers of democracy who launched a news website after their school censored them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2018 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org For their ingenuity and daring to publish a story about the firing of a popular teacher on a website they created after it was censored from their newspaper, Conor Spahr and Max Gordon are the recipients of the 2018… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: “Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Utah couriers of democracy who launched a news website after their school censored them

NEWS RELEASE: The Southwestern College Sun recognized with national award for holding law enforcement agencies accountable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT 27, 2018 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org For doggedly exposing controversies involving campus and local police, The Southwestern College Sun is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2017 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award. “The culture at The Sun is to speak truth to… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Southwestern College Sun recognized with national award for holding law enforcement agencies accountable

STATEMENT OF CONCERN: University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2018 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org / @SPLC The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is concerned about the recent situation wherein an official of the University of Southern California briefly restricted a journalist for the Daily Trojan newspaper from taking notes and reporting on a public forum for students, staff… Continue reading STATEMENT OF CONCERN: University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan

NEWS RELEASE: 500 organizations and individuals sign on to joint statement condemning mass murder at the Capital Gazette and negative environment for journalists

In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday, 500 organizations and individuals have signed a strong statement spearheaded by the Student Press Law Center calling for an end to the environment which threatens journalists.

SPLC sends letter to Texas school district to stop censoring student media, 17 orgs sign on

Following multiple instances of censorship of an award-winning online student newspaper and the ouster of its acclaimed adviser, the Student Press Law Center asks district administrators overseeing Prosper (Texas) High School to update its publications policy in line with the First Amendment right to free press.

NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center joins coalition to defend The University Star’s right to publish controversial op-ed

The SPLC has cosigned a letter with Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and National Coalition Against Censorship demanding Texas State University reverse its threats to defund TSU's student newspaper in the wake of a controversial op-ed.  

NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells N.C. court

UNC-Chapel Hill is misapplying the FERPA student privacy law to withhold public records that could help journalists shed light on the way the university does, or does not, punish students found liable for sexual assault, an SPLC legal brief argues.

NEWS RELEASE: Open-government groups support Kentucky student newspaper's legal battle for public records of harassment investigations

A coalition of open-government groups led by the Student Press Law Center has thrown its support behind college journalists battling for access to public records about sexual harassment investigations against employees at the University of Kentucky.