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Bring our experts into your classroom


SPLC in the Classroom matches one of our student media law experts with your class or newsroom to teach the fundamental legal concepts that students need to know to tell great stories. Speakers will join you via Zoom for up to 40 minutes (including Q & A) and can present on one of these topics:

* High school student press freedom
* Copyright
* Freedom of Information / public records
* Libel and defamation
* Covering the coronavirus
* Covering protests

We can also conduct a stand-alone 30-minute Q&A session on any media law topic you’d like. 

To schedule an expert, please fill out the form linked below with at least 10 business days notice. Slots are set to eastern time.
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Gear up for Student Press Freedom Day with our new swag


We've updated the SPLC Store with new gear that makes a statement! "Unmute Yourself!" with t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, glasses, buttons and more that promote student press freedom. Proceeds from sales help the Student Press Law Center continue to support student journalists and fight back against administrative censorship.

These also make great gifts for a student journalist in your life! Besides, that teddy bear is pretty cute, right? 
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We want to show off the best of student journalism before Student Press Freedom Day!


Send us some of your best work! We're looking for examples of great student journalism. These stories will be shared in this newsletter and on SPLC's social media in the weeks leading up to Student Press Freedom Day which is February 24! Here's a couple of ways you can start your celebration.
 
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Connect to this year's theme, "Unmute Yourself": Stay up to date about upcoming events, trainings and tools at StudentPressFreedom.org.
Q: Can we wish students a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” in our student publication?

A:
Generally, yes. Your school officials or even some of your peers may be quick to cite the separation of church and state as rationale for student media to stay away from any specific season’s greetings, but the reality is more complex than that. 

The law does prohibit the government, including your public school, from establishing or favoring a particular religious belief system, but the key thing to remember is that students are not government employees, and the school publication is not the official speech of the school. Laws that prevent a teacher or other school official from expressing their religious views on the job don’t prohibit student journalists from creating or including content regarding religious beliefs or religious holidays, and that remains true even if the school helps to fund the student publication. Student journalists have the same rights to discuss these topics as they do to discuss anything else.
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