The RedEye at duPont Manual High School wins the 2021 Courage in Student Journalism Award

The RedEye at duPont Manual High School in Kentucky is the recipient of the 2021 Courage in Student Journalism Award. Their investigative series uncovered language that encouraged officers to be "ruthless killers" in Kentucky State Police training materials along with nazi images and quotes from Adolf Hitler advocating for violence.

While published in The RedEye, their reporting was a collaborative effort by multiple students from different publications within the Journalism & Communication magnet program. Their adviser says: 

"duPont Manual’s Journalism & Communication magnet is extremely proud of the investigative work and dedicated research by our student journalists. We had a hunch that this story would both have impact and go viral, but we did not anticipate just how much impact it would have and how much reach the story would eventually have. I saw news stories about our students’ investigation in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, French and German."


Crash Course: Student Press Freedom 101

Remember Student Press Freedom Day is February 24, 2022
We hosted Student Press Freedom 101 this week which was the first installment of our Student Press Freedom Day training series. The recording is above. The training is made for student journalists and their advisers to brush up on the fundamental legal concepts related to student media. Other upcoming trainings are below:
Op-Ed Crash Course | Jan. 13, 2022 8 p.m. ET | Register here

Responding to Press Freedom Threats Through Advocacy | Jan. 26, 2022 8:00 p.m. ET | Register here

How to Tell Your Story and Be a Spokesperson for Student Press Freedom | Feb. 3, 2022 8 p.m. ET | Register here

Using Social Media as a Journalist & Advocate | Feb. 10, 2022 8 PM ET | Register here
Register today

Chicago public schools block student journalists' access to crucial software 

We've heard from students and teachers about the Chicago Public School's inexplicable delays in approving software vital to the production of school newspapers.

Common programs like Adobe InDesign and School News Online are blocked under Illinois's Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) but have been approved for use by many other school districts in Illinois. 

Several news outlets have covered the delays. Students joined Fox 32 Chicago's morning show last week to discuss the delays and how they've been stifled in trying to produce great journalism. 

SPLC will continue to monitor the situation. Check out this excellent student-produced oped in Chalkbeat Chicago about the delay. 
Chalkbeat Chicago

Support SPLC

Your individual donations help us defend the rights of student journalists and their advisers across the country. High school and college news organizations can show their support for SPLC's legal hotline and other core services by becoming a member.
Donate now

Share this newsletter

If you liked this newsletter, share it with a friend!
Share now
Copyright ©2021, All rights reserved. Student Press Law Center.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list