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

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

Censorship, eh? Two student newspapers in Canada face threats

Two Canadian student newspapers are fighting back after threats of censorship this month. At one, a student government group wants to kick the newspaper out of its offices, and at another, campus administrators seek a ruling that would allow them to ignore the students' current and future requests for public records.The editor of The Gazette, the University of Western Ontario’s independent student newspaper, learned a few weeks ago that the newspaper's editorial office would be turned into a prayer room. The proposal came after the University Students’ Council began an extensive review of The Gazette’s practices. According to the newspaper's reports, it was after this review that the paper learned that its editorial office of 40 years would be converted into a new multi-faith room in response to what the committee referenced as concerns from those who use the current prayer room.The proposed move would put Gazette staff members in a space that is more than 700 square feet smaller than the current office.