Covering Climate Strike at your school

Did you know the Global Climate Strike (Sept. 20-27) includes specific messaging encouraging students to plan school walk-outs?

Much like the March for Our Lives walk-outs in 2018, these are newsworthy student-led events that need to be covered. But with administrators on high alert, they can also be tricky. 

In preparation for covering walkouts, make sure to read SPLC's guide for covering walkouts, protests and teacher strikes in schools. We walk you through how to cover these without breaking school rules, and what to do if you run into trouble. 

If you are censored or have other immediate issues, please use SPLC's free legal hotline.
Read the guide

Have you written about student press freedom lately?


2019 is the Year of the Student Journalist, and we've asked students to raise their voices and advocate for student press freedom by writing op-eds. Dozens of student and professional publications have run columns on the importance of independent student media and legal protections for student journalism. We hope you will too!

If you've already written a column related to student press rights, please tell us about it and we'll add you to our list!

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Q: What is a “public forum for student expression?”

A: A student publication is a public forum for student expression when school officials have given student editors the authority to make their own content decisions. This can be accomplished through an official policy or by simply allowing a publication to operate without interference from school officials. If a student publication is a public forum for student expression, then students are entitled to stronger First Amendment protection. As long as the publication contains no unlawful content (libel, obscenity, etc.) and its distribution would not seriously disrupt school, officials cannot legally censor it. 

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