Let us meet you in your newsroom! 

Now you can invite an SPLC expert to come speak to your class or newsroom via Zoom videoconference, through our newly launched Virtual Speakers Bureau. Speakers will join you for up to 40 minutes (including Q & A) and can present on one of these topics:

  • High school student press freedom
  • Copyright
  • Freedom of Information / public records
  • Libel and defamation

All requests must be made with at least 10 business days advance notice.

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Get your SPLC / Year of the Student Journalist poster!

As a welcome back to school gift, SPLC has mailed out brand-new posters to high school and college newsrooms around the country.* 

One side (pictured) is dedicated to The Year of the Student Journalist. And when 2020 arrives, turn it around as a reminder of SPLC's free educational resources and how to reach the legal hotline. 

*If you did not get a poster and want one, drop a note to Alexis Mason at Please include Include your complete school/newsroom mailing address.

Q: Can the police or campus security search our newsroom to get unpublished photos, notes or videos?

A: Almost never. The federal Privacy Protection Act makes it illegal for law enforcement officers or government officials to search a newsroom (or anywhere else that newsgathering materials are kept, such as the trunk of a reporter’s car) in connection with a criminal investigation. If police or prosecutors wants to see unpublished materials, they must issue a subpoena and give the journalist a chance to oppose the subpoena in court. 

However, it’s unclear how much protection the act offers if your principal or dean demands to search the newsroom for evidence of a violation of school rules rather than criminal conduct. This is why it’s advisable to store extra-sensitive interviews and documents off-site, not on school computers or servers.


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