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

Campus police records should be open for public inspection, open-government coalition tells state Supreme Court

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Police who exercise arrest powers at private universities should abide by the same transparency standards as all other law-enforcement agencies, a… Continue reading Campus police records should be open for public inspection, open-government coalition tells state Supreme Court

Student Press Law Center statement in support of The Daily Targum at Rutgers University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2019 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org (PDF of the news release) WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Student Press Law Center stands by the student journalists of The Daily Targum as they seek funding to ensure the news organization’s survival. The newspaper, established 150 years ago and… Continue reading Student Press Law Center statement in support of The Daily Targum at Rutgers University

NEWS RELEASE: SPLC creates Nick Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program to support “New Voices” student press rights movement

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2019  Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org  (PDF of the news release) WASHINGTON – Today, the Student Press Law Center announces the establishment of the Nick Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program to support students to advocate for state-based student press freedom. The program is being established… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: SPLC creates Nick Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program to support “New Voices” student press rights movement

Open-government advocates unite to support transparency in university foundation finances

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. A string of mismanagement scandals at university foundations across the country demonstrates the urgency of opening foundations’ financial records to public… Continue reading Open-government advocates unite to support transparency in university foundation finances

NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center Statement on Government Involvement in Promoting “Free Inquiry”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2019 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, SPLC director of engagement, (202) 728-7267 dmk@splc.org We are concerned by the attempt by government to insert itself into “free inquiry” and the debates around free speech on campus at both the federal and state level. Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center Statement on Government Involvement in Promoting “Free Inquiry”

NEWS RELEASE: The Year of the Student Journalist will highlight the importance of these students and the need to support them and their work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2019 Contacts: Diana Mitsu Klos, SPLC director of engagement, (202) 728-7267 dmk@splc.orgSonya Gavankar, Newseum director of public relations, (202) 292-6625 sgavankar@freedomforum.org (PDF version) WASHINGTON — Today the Freedom Forum Institute, the Newseum and the Student Press Law Center  declare 2019 the Year of the Student Journalist. This announcement is made in… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Year of the Student Journalist will highlight the importance of these students and the need to support them and their work

NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center and Issuu announce the We Are Not The Enemy Impact Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2019 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org (PDF version) WASHINGTON — Today, as part of Student Press Freedom Day, the Student Press Law Center, with lead donor Issuu, is announcing the creation of the We Are Not the Enemy Impact Fund.   Created by a consortium… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: The Student Press Law Center and Issuu announce the We Are Not The Enemy Impact Fund

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