The Student Press Law Center protects and advances the First Amendment rights of student journalists.
Today, that assistance is more important than ever. Student journalists are playing a crucial role in the news media ecosystem. An October New York Times story found that student newspapers are the key source for local news in a growing number of communities.
Student journalism also trains young people for a life of civic engagement.
SPLC's services are always free to student journalists and their advisers, but we need your help. Your support makes an impact:
Boosts social media posts conveying breaking news of censorship or prior restraint of student journalists to over 2,000 people.
Sends packages of SPLC legal fact sheets, practice guides and hotline material to student media workshops across the country.
Supports paid legal interns to conduct research for legal guides and opinion letters.
Funds a "Virtual Speakers Bureau" video conference in which an SPLC attorney provides interactive training directly to students and advisers in their newsroom, expanding access to SPLC training for students unable to attend journalism conferences.
Enables SPLC to train 500 student journalists at a national journalism convention.
Keeps the SPLC Legal Hotline open for a month so that any student journalist or their adviser can get help, free of charge.
When making a donation, you can cite a person (or student news organization) that you wish to recognize. In the "dedication" section of the online donation form, be sure to include an email and snail mail address for your tribute. We will send a notification letter, citing your generosity
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