Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills

In a momentous week for the nationwide New Voices campaign, Maryland and Illinois have joined the list of states with legislation pending to protect students journalists from administrative censorship. Maryland’s bill, Senate Bill 764, introduced by Democratic Sens. Jamin Raskin and Jim Rosapepe on Feb. 5, would extend to high school and college student journalists… Continue reading Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills

Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Two New Voices bills were passed out of their state committees this week, signaling a step forward for legislation that would protect free speech rights and press rights for student journalists. The bills, introduced in Washington and Missouri, would both protect high school and college student journalists’ right to exercise freedom of speech and of… Continue reading Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Free speech advocates testify in support of Missouri student press freedom legislation

MISSOURI — The hearing room was packed, but when a Missouri house committee member asked for opposing testimony on a bill that would protect free speech rights for student journalists, everyone fell quiet. “It was the longest 20 seconds of my life,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director at the Student Press Law Center. “That told… Continue reading Free speech advocates testify in support of Missouri student press freedom legislation

Society of Professional Journalists endorses Missouri’s New Voices bill

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced its support of Missouri's Walter Cronkite New Voices Act, which would protect high school and college student journalists from censorship. "Student journalists set the foundation for the future of the profession. They are limited in their ability to do their job as journalists when government officials and administrations weaken their… Continue reading Society of Professional Journalists endorses Missouri’s New Voices bill

Washington Senate committee hears testimony on student press freedom legislation

WASHINGTON — A committee of state senators heard testimony from student journalists, high school advisers, free press advocates and school association officials on Thursday regarding student press freedom legislation for the Evergreen State. The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee hearing on the New Voices of Washington bill, which was introduced last week, largely… Continue reading Washington Senate committee hears testimony on student press freedom legislation

Eight Washington State senators sign on to sponsor student press freedom legislation

WASHINGTON — The Washington State Senate Majority Floor Leader’s visit to a high school newspaper in October was more eventful than most classroom visits tend to be. The senator, Joe Fain, talked to each of the journalism students and looked at their articles — and then he talked to their adviser, Thomas Custodio-Kaup, about passing… Continue reading Eight Washington State senators sign on to sponsor student press freedom legislation

Nebraska senator files bill to protect college student journalists from censorship

NEBRASKA — The Cornhusker State is the latest to join the growing wave of states with student press freedom legislation in the works. Inspired by North Dakota’s success in passing an anti-censorship bill in April, campaigns have begun sprouting up across the country. Nebraska’s version of a ‘New Voices’ bill was introduced by Sen. Al… Continue reading Nebraska senator files bill to protect college student journalists from censorship

Missouri legislator introduces ‘New Voices’ bill to protect student journalists from censorship

MISSOURI — Almost three decades ago, a U.S. Supreme Court case centered around a Missouri school district drastically slashed student journalists’ rights in favor of school administrators. Now, a newly filed piece of legislation aims to restore those rights to student journalists in Missouri public schools and colleges. On Tuesday, Rep. Elijah Haahr, a Republican,… Continue reading Missouri legislator introduces ‘New Voices’ bill to protect student journalists from censorship

New Jersey legislator introduces bill to grant student journalists protection from censorship

NEW JERSEY — Student journalists in the Garden State might soon have an extra level of protection from administrative censorship. Outgoing New Jersey Assemblywoman Donna Simon introduced a “New Voices of New Jersey” bill on Monday that would require public school districts to adopt a written policy for students’ freedom of expression by the 2016-16… Continue reading New Jersey legislator introduces bill to grant student journalists protection from censorship