PRESS RELEASE: Virginia expands college press freedom protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2020 Contact: Hillary Davis, New Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizerhdavis@splc.org Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation codifying press freedom protections for student journalists at colleges and universities and protecting college media advisers from retaliation for refusing to infringe upon those protections. Sponsored by Delegate Chris Hurst, HB36 ensures that student journalists… Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Virginia expands college press freedom protections

NEWS RELEASE: SPLC joins AAJA statement decrying racism during the COVID-19 pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2020 The Student Press Law Center has added its support to a statement from the Asian American Journalists Association denouncing anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic. "There is no place for racist and inflammatory language or sentiments in the reporting or coverage of the current coronavirus pandemic. The Student Press Law Center is… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: SPLC joins AAJA statement decrying racism during the COVID-19 pandemic

NEWS RELEASE: Colorado expands student press freedom; protects advisers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2020 Contact: Hillary Davis, New Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizer hdavis@splc.org Governor Jared Polis has signed into law legislation expanding the press freedom of Colorado’s student journalists.  Sponsored by Rep. Barbara McLachlan (D-59), herself a former journalism teacher, HB20-1062 brings Colorado’s law in line with the other New Voices laws that have passed… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Colorado expands student press freedom; protects advisers

NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center demands remedial actions for stolen issues of Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2020 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org The Student Press Law Center joins Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in calling for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Government Association to rectify a newspaper theft and recommit to upholding student journalists' First Amendment rights. Addressed to SGA President Breanna… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center demands remedial actions for stolen issues of Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper

SPLC Statement: Virginia HB 36 As Amended Does Not Meaningfully Advance Protections for Student Journalists

The Student Press Law Center is deeply concerned and disappointed by the Virginia House of Delegates’ elimination of essential protections for high school journalists in HB 36. Two weeks ago, on Student Press Freedom Day, student journalists from across Virginia gathered before a House of Delegates subcommittee in support of New Voices legislation (HB 36).… Continue reading SPLC Statement: Virginia HB 36 As Amended Does Not Meaningfully Advance Protections for Student Journalists

NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center adds leaders in law, journalism education and philanthropy to its Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 27, 2020 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267 / dmk@splc.org WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Student Press Law Center has named four new board members to serve its mission to promote, support and champion the rights of student journalists and their advisers at the high school and college levels. “There… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center adds leaders in law, journalism education and philanthropy to its Board of Directors

NEWS ADVISORY: Student Press Freedom Day

Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org  NEWS ADVISORY for Jan. 29, 2020 events Student Press Freedom Day celebrates the critical role of student media while pointing out the challenges they face With Jan. 29 events in Washington, D.C. and across the country, Student Press Freedom Day is a national day of… Continue reading NEWS ADVISORY: Student Press Freedom Day

NEWS RELEASE: Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Burlington, Vermont high school editors who successfully fought censorship

BHS Register editors speak to the Burlington school board on Thursday. Left to right: Jenna Peterson, Julia Shannon-Grillo, and Halle Newman. VTDigger / Lola Duffort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 23, 2019 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org WASHINGTON, D.C. - Students from Burlington, Vermont who broke a story about alleged inappropriate behavior by a faculty member and triumphed over both censorship and prior review are being honored with the “Courage in Student Journalism Award.”  “We fought… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Courage in Student Journalism Award” goes to Burlington, Vermont high school editors who successfully fought censorship

NEWS RELEASE: The Lantern recognized with national award for holding The Ohio State University accountable via public records

Editor-in-Chief Kaylee Harter accepted the Student Press Law Center’s 2018 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award on behalf of Ohio State University's The Lantern. / Photo by Danielle Dieterich

For excellence in pursuing public records that surfaced a controversy involving the university football coaching staff and in another instance taking the university to court for holding back police reports, The Lantern at The Ohio State University is the recipient of the Student Press Law Center’s 2018 Reveille Seven College Press Freedom Award. “The Lantern… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Lantern recognized with national award for holding The Ohio State University accountable via public records