Sept. 12 Back-to-School Crash Course Webinar

Join SPLC Senior Legal Counsel Mike Hiestand and Staff Attorney Sommer Ingram Dean to review the top things you should do at the start of the school year to protect yourself and your newsroom. 
Webinar details
Welcome back to school! From Sept. 4-7 we're posting links to key legal issues and topics to ensure your academic year is off to a great start. As a subscriber to our newsletter, you get to a sneak peak at Friday's tip about working with your administrators. Go you!

1. Strong journalism is your best defense.

Use our fun quizzes to evaluate your understanding of media law, learn how to respond to censorship, see our most frequently asked questions about press freedom and more.
See Day One

2. Having "The Talk"

Advisers, it's important to talk to your students about their roles as journalists and leaders and your supporting role, and this is the best time of year to lay that framework. See our guide to having that conversation and some other key resources for advisers.
See Day Two

3. Copyright, model agreements and other key topics 

Did you know copyright owners can use bots to automatically search the internet for infringing uses of their copyrighted work? We're seeing more and more students receive fines through this method. Here's how to check your own use of copyrighted materials, and how to respond if you get an auto-generated notice. 
See Day Three

4. Start the year right with your school's administrators

Our Day Four links can help you develop a professional, candid relationship with administrators. They don’t always like what journalists report, but the best administrators champion the role of journalism in our democracy. Student editors should take the initiative to meet with key administrators a the start of the academic year.
See Day Four

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