The Student Press Law Center demands Conestoga High School reverse the recent censorship of its student newspaper, The Spoke.
New Voices bills see success and defeat in 2019 state legislative sessions
The New Voices movement has made significant strides in 2019, with a record number of state bills (11) introduced, and two measures adopted in Arkansas to strengthen protections for student journalists. New Voices is a student-powered nonpartisan grassroots movement of state-based advocates who seek to protect student press freedom with state laws. These laws counteract… Continue reading New Voices bills see success and defeat in 2019 state legislative sessions
Student journalist wins First Amendment award for uncovering mishandled sexual misconduct cases
WASHINGTON — A student journalist was honored with a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment award Wednesday for a series of articles shedding light on how her high school has mishandled sexual misconduct cases, and for a long-running fight against censorship. Grace Marion is the former editor-in-chief of The Playwickian at Neshaminy High School on Langhorne,… Continue reading Student journalist wins First Amendment award for uncovering mishandled sexual misconduct cases
PODCAST: New Voices advocates talk struggles and successes
Cory Dawson: Since 1988, student reporters have lived under a Supreme Court ruling that gives school administrators vast control over what goes into their school’s newspapers. Since then, students, advocates and media advisers have worked to put press freedoms for student journalists into law by passing New Voices laws in 14 states. These laws protect… Continue reading PODCAST: New Voices advocates talk struggles and successes
A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019
More bills protecting the First Amendment rights of student journalists are moving through statehouses than ever before, according to a Student Press Law Center tally. The 11 bills are part of a nationwide effort to pass “New Voices” bills in state legislatures, which effectively counteract and clarify the limits of the 1988 Hazelwood School District… Continue reading A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019
High school editor boycotts graduation after school suppresses sexual misconduct records and censors stories
Grace Marion, a senior at Neshaminy High School and editor-in-chief of The Playwickian, found the high school mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints filed at the school.
Pennsylvania school newspaper censored after school board member condemns homosexuality and teaching evolution
The future of Elizabethtown Area High School’s student newspaper may be at risk after the school’s principal censored a portion of a recent interview with a school board member.
Open-government groups support public access to school surveillance videos
Newsworthy video from school surveillance cameras can’t be withheld from the public on the grounds of student privacy (FERPA), a group of open-government groups argues in a brief filed with a Pennsylvania appeals court.
In wanting to expel a student responsible for a shooting scare, Philadelphia school district misses an opportunity to foster conversation
School officials in Pennsylvania have suspended, and are seeking to expel, a student for posting a video mash-up with the song "Pumped Up Kicks."
Neshaminy High School revokes student newspaper editor’s access to post and edit online stories
Access to post and edit content to the online version of The Playwickian, the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been revoked for more than a month after student editors decided not to publish the word Redskin in a news article, despite being directed to do so by the school’s principal.