Deadline extended to apply for high school and college press freedom awards

Deadline: August 6th

We’re seeking student journalists to recognize for persisting through tough circumstances to tell a story critically important to their classmates and community.

Examples include taking a stand against censorship or other threats to publishing, pushing back when initially denied public records and/or stories that expose misdeeds, malfeasance or corruption. You know, the hard stuff. 

Awards are presented at JEA/NSPA's and JEA/CMA's fall conventions. 
Each award comes with a cash prize for the winning student’s news organization. The submission deadline (covering stories published during the 2020-21 academic year) is August 6th.
Learn more and apply

Summer Media Law and Policy Institute heats up


Facing a hot bench, the students participating in this year's Summer Media Law and Policy Institute sweated out the highly anticipated moot court competition this week. 

After weeks of instruction, preparation, and hearing from guest speakers, we gave the students a hypothetical fact pattern to argue from which tested their knowledge of some of the most important cases related to student press freedom. They weighed how the law interprets speech made off-campus vs on, and how the Supreme Court's ruling in Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier stands in conflict with their rulings in Tinker vs. Des Moines and more recently, B.L. v. Mahanoy.

Each group was assigned mentors who guided students through the development of their cases. We're thankful for our mentors and guest judges' time and expertise. Students will leave the institute with portfolio materials, a broad network, and a firm understanding of media law to carry with them into law school.

Learn more about the Summer Media Law and Policy Institute below, and bookmark this page to join the fun next year!

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Press freedom, eh?

We’re happy to see our friends in Canada organizing to protect student journalists from censorship!  Check out Student Press Freedom Act BC’s story and their model bill based on New Voices' United States template. 
Learn about the bill
Q: Can we use unpublished photos on our news site or in our yearbook or reprint photos that were taken by a student who has since graduated?

Unless there was a specific agreement between the former staff members and the publication stating otherwise, the former students retain the copyright to any work they created while staff members and have only granted the publication a one-time permission to print their work. It’s unlikely that former staffers would object to the use of their work, but you really should seek their permission before publishing their work.
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