Virginia Education Committee guts New Voices legislation with a major amendment, leaving high school journalists unprotected

UPDATE: The Virginia House Education Committee passed an amended version of HB 36 that did not include free speech protections for middle and high school journalists on Monday, Feb. 3. Hillary Davis, Student Press Law Center's New Voices advocacy and campaign organizer, said the Virginia New Voices coalition hopes the legislature will decide to hold… Continue reading Virginia Education Committee guts New Voices legislation with a major amendment, leaving high school journalists unprotected

College paper goes viral after unpublishing then republishing coach’s quote complimenting Hitler

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MICHIGAN — Grand Valley Lanthorn Sports Editor Kellen Voss conducted what started out as a fairly routine interview with newly-hired Grand Valley State University football offensive coordinator, Morris Berger. Things took a turn when Voss asked Berger for three historical (non-football) figures he’d like to have dinner with, and Berger said Adolf Hitler.  KV: "So… Continue reading College paper goes viral after unpublishing then republishing coach’s quote complimenting Hitler

Student journalists talk about their role in the community, censorship, backlash and press freedom

(From right to left) Emmy-winning journalist, Joie Chen (CNN and CBS News), and student journalists Neha Madhira (The Daily Texan), Joe Severino (formerly of The Daily Athenaeum), Maya Goldman ( formerly of The Michigan Daily), and Kristen Guillaume (formerly of The Harvard Crimson) discuss student journalism and media literacy on Student Press Freedom Day. (Photo by Alicia Thomas.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four notable student journalists discussed the future of press freedom and challenges like censorship and backlash from peers on a panel at the National Archives on Jan. 29.  The event was part of Student Press Freedom Day, which launched in 2018 to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier… Continue reading Student journalists talk about their role in the community, censorship, backlash and press freedom

Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day

In 2019, nearly 70 student newsrooms wrote editorials as part of the Year of the Student Journalist. For Student Press Freedom Day, we've relaunched the op-ed campaign for pieces on the importance of student press freedom. High school, college and professional journalists are answering the call. Don't see your name on the list below? Email Danielle Dieterich… Continue reading Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day

New York college journalists say PR stands between them and employee interviews

The Chronicle staff, professors, and local journalists sat on a panel Friday ahead of Student Press Freedom Day. Pictured from left to right: Mary Alice Molgard, Emily Paolicelli, Aileen Burke, Angela Ledford, Jackson Wang, and Casey Seiler. (Photo courtesy of Chronicle News Editor Sarah Clark)

NEW YORK — Student reporters of The Saint Rose Chronicle used to freely interview employees of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, but since 2017, that access has been slowly taken away from them, they said. Aileen Burke, former executive editor at The Chronicle said that starting in 2017, employees who were usually happy… Continue reading New York college journalists say PR stands between them and employee interviews

Can school officials search my personal social media accounts?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Ask SPLC.” Q: Are school officials allowed to search for and look at my personal (non-school-affiliated) social media accounts without my permission? A: Yes. Once you post something online it’s pretty much fair game for anyone (school officials, current or… Continue reading Can school officials search my personal social media accounts?

Apply now to these paid summer 2020 internships

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Every month the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some internships with upcoming deadlines. Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.)• Journalism Interns - The Student Press Law Center is seeking passionate student journalists with an interest in justice. We’re looking for self-starting, experienced young reporters to chronicle student… Continue reading Apply now to these paid summer 2020 internships

When I request records, do I have to explain why I want them?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Ask SPLC.” Q: Am I required to explain why I want a particular record when submitting an open records request? A: Almost always, states and the federal government FOI laws make clear that the motivation behind an open records request is irrelevant.… Continue reading When I request records, do I have to explain why I want them?

Apply now for these summer 2020 *paid* journalism internships

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Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org to add an internship. Student Press Law Center (Washington, D.C.)• Journalism Internship — Join our small team with an outsized impact. The… Continue reading Apply now for these summer 2020 *paid* journalism internships

New Voices 2020 preview

Hillary Davis speaks to high school journalists and their advisers about New Voices at the 2019 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C. / Joe Severino
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Hillary Davis, SPLC’s New Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizer, sits down and walks us through the New Voices movement in 2020. Find out what’s happening in your state and how you can get involved. Full Transcript Joe Severino: In January, state legislatures across the country will meet for the start of their 2020 lawmaking sessions,… Continue reading New Voices 2020 preview