Resources for covering the 2020 election as a student journalist

Covering the upcoming election as a student journalist can be daunting — but it’s crucial. Student media coverage helps to inform young voters.  The youth vote is always important, but could be especially so in 2020. In 2018, 40.3 percent of college students voted in the midterm, according to Tufts. That’s up from just 19.3… Continue reading Resources for covering the 2020 election as a student journalist

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

Spring and summer 2020 internship applications are still open for these newsrooms

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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 SPLC reporter Joe Severino at jseverino@splc.org to add an internship Student Press Law Center (Washington, D.C.) Journalism Internship — Join our small team with an outsized… Continue reading Spring and summer 2020 internship applications are still open for these newsrooms

Mary Beth Tinker to high school journalists: It’s your job to speak up on behalf of others

Mary Beth Tinker speaks about free expression in front of her famous black armband, on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. / Joe Severino

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mary Beth Tinker, First Amendment advocate and former plaintiff in a landmark Supreme Court case that still affects students' speech rights 50 years later, told her story to hundreds of high school journalism students visiting the nation's capital on Nov. 22 — encouraging them to be caring, and use their free speech… Continue reading Mary Beth Tinker to high school journalists: It’s your job to speak up on behalf of others

When schools misused privacy laws, these student journalists fought back

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FERPA is a hassle. Schools constantly misuse it. Student journalists are consistently frustrated by it. So we spoke to four current and former student journalists about how they fought their school on FERPA misuse, and how you can too. Transcript: Joe Severino: When student journalists want to dig deeper into what’s happening behind the scenes… Continue reading When schools misused privacy laws, these student journalists fought back

Nina Totenberg talks with SPLC about her career, reporting advice for crowd of student journalists

Nina Totenberg addresses a packed ballroom of student journalists / Photo by Joe Severino

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NPR’s Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg discussed the beginnings of her journalism career, her longtime coverage of the Supreme Court and offered advice to about 1,000 student journalists and advisers in an on-stage conversation with the Student Press Law Center’s Sommer Ingram Dean on Nov. 2. Totenberg, who can be heard… Continue reading Nina Totenberg talks with SPLC about her career, reporting advice for crowd of student journalists

Marty Baron stresses freedom of the press in interview with student journalists

Marty Baron talks journalism with Marissa Payne (left) and Shannon Mason (right) / Photo by Joe Severino

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron discussed the importance of truth, freedom of the press and the future of journalism in an on-stage interview with two student journalists at a 2019 National College Media Convention keynote address. Baron was interviewed by two college journalists who won the opportunity through an essay contest.… Continue reading Marty Baron stresses freedom of the press in interview with student journalists

Is there an age limit for requesting public records?

Q: Is there an age limit for requesting public records under an open records law? A: Currently, Louisiana is the only state that requires a requester be the “age of majority,” which in Louisiana is currently 18. Likewise, there is no age requirement to request federal records under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Every… Continue reading Is there an age limit for requesting public records?

Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

TEXAS — Hitting newsstands down south on Thursday is a 48-page, double-cover collaborative issue of The Daily Texan and The OU Daily, celebrating the 115th Red River Showdown. On the gridiron, Texas and Oklahoma are the opposite of friendly. But the school's student newspapers worked tirelessly together to create the commemorative issue in time for… Continue reading Texas, Oklahoma student newspapers collab for epic dual issue

Georgia State University pulls student-produced magazine from freshman orientation

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GEORGIA — Georgia State University in Atlanta has pulled a student-run magazine from bags handed out to incoming freshmen at orientation. The reason for the last minute change depends on whom you ask. Administrators said printing the 52-page magazine used too much paper. Editors say a story about students with alternative jobs, including a stripper,… Continue reading Georgia State University pulls student-produced magazine from freshman orientation