The headline pretty much sums it up: "Student Journalists Are Fighting for Protection After Covering the Crises of 2020." It highlights the overwhelming challenges student journalists grappled with in 2020 — school closures, COVID-19, racial justice protests and more. But it also gives credit to the amazing work students did in these circumstances: not only through nuanced and critically important news coverage, but the fight for free press rights in schools. Several New Voices advocates spoke about why the manifold challenges they faced in 2020 prove the need for a free student press.
“There’s no reason we should be censored and prevented from covering things like gun control or racism or climate change, because these things impact our lives just as much as they impact adults’ lives," said Lily Wobbe, a 17 year-old student journalist and New Voices advocate in Kentucky.
Student Press Freedom Day:
Journalism Against the Odds
Feb. 26, 2021
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A long legal battle ends in favor of college journalists
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the University of North Carolina on Jan. 11, marking the official end to the four-year legal battle between the university and four news organizations, including the campus newspaper The Daily Tar Heel. Now, all public universities in the state are required to release the campus sexual assault records in question.
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