• Who owns the copyright to work created by student journalists?
  • Does this photo (or video, or audio clip, or movie poster) fall under Fair Use?
  • What do I do if I get a copyright infringement notice?

We know you have questions about copyright. We're here to help!

For urgent cases, use the Student Press Law Center legal hotline. But to help prevent those urgent situations, we've also compiled guides and tools to get your class up to speed right at the start of the academic year. That means legal guides, quizzes, model copyright agreements and more. (You're welcome!)
Copyright resources

Want a full copyright lesson for your class?

Book a session with an SPLC expert using our brand-new Virtual Speakers Bureau. Speakers will join your classroom (or newsroom) via Zoom videoconference for up to 40 minutes, including Q&A.

In addition to copyright, you can also request a session on high school student press freedom, public records, or libel and defamation.
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Your front page could be displayed on Pennsylvania Ave. in the nation's capital


As part of the celebration of The Year of the Student Journalist, throughout 2019, the Newseum will showcase student newspapers in its Front Pages display on Pennsylvania Avenue and on the Today's Front Pages app.

Email for specific instructions on how to participate in the Student Front Pages Project.

+ See the Newseum for free!

This special offer is brought to you by the Student Press Law Center, Freedom Forum Institute and Newseum as part of Year of the Student Journalist.

If you're registered to attend the National College Media Convention in November or National High School Journalism Convention in November, you will be granted free access to the Newseum during the conferences by showing your conference badge at the entrance. 

The offer is not transferable to others. For information about Newseum location, hours and general information, visit

Q: Are student journalists allowed to claim reporter’s privilege to protect the identity of their sources?

A: State reporter’s privilege laws allow journalists to withhold confidential newsgathering materials from the parties in a criminal investigation or a civil lawsuit. In most states, the shield applies to anyone who regularly gathers and distributes news to the public — including unpaid student journalists. You can click here to find your state’s shield law. 

Nine states do not have reporter's shield laws: Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wyoming. Some states without a shield law do recognize a qualified privilege; you can contact our legal hotline for more specific help.

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