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Students, veteran reporters and advisers are speaking up about Student Press Freedom. Will you?

This week, groups in Pittsburgh and Somerset, Kentucky hosted events to promote student press freedom in their communities, while others in Texas and New York strategized on New Voices bills.

Last week, SPLC's Director of Engagement, Diana Mitsu Klos, was at the Pennsylvania School Press Association conference to discuss New Voices legislation in the state. She was joined by student journalists and advisers from Conestoga High School and Freedom Area High School and Cindy Simmons, who teaches mass media law and legal journalism at Penn State and is an attorney.

Photos by: Kate Plows, Sara Bauknecht and Jenifer Schweitzer


Editors from student papers at Pittsburgh colleges and universities joined journalist Sara Bauknecht for a panel as part of the city's Inclusive Innovation Summit. The topic: the role of student-produced media in U.S. democracy.

You're well aware of how student media teaches young people to become engaged citizens, and if you're reading our updates, you certainly know about the threats to a free student press. But outside of the student media world, many people have no idea. That's why events like the summit panel are so important: they help reach new people and create new advocates for the rights of student journalists and their advisers.

Now, it's your turn!


Throw your own event
Be creative and consider looking outside of campus. Are there opportunities to reach new audiences and allies? SPLC can help you find speakers, plan discussions and provide relevant printouts from our site. 

Tell us about your event
Advocate on social media 

Whether it's a coordinated campaign or a single tweet, we want to hear from you! Make sure to tag @splc on Twitter or @studentpresslawcenter on Instagram and use #StudentPressFreedom. Download the logo to use on your masthead, opinion page, social media, etc. 

Q: We compiled a collage of screenshots from student’s instagram photos. The accounts are public.  Is it legal for us to publish that collage?

A: Assuming the photos are individually recognizable — that is, the subjects can be seen, for example, and you’ve used enough of the original photo that people would recognize it as the individual work it once was, you will need explicit permission from each of the copyright owners. In the case of candid photos, the copyright owner is generally the person who took the photo.

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