Make your newsroom pandemic-proof

The Student Press Law Center just launched a hub of finance-focused resouces as part of our increased focus on financial sustainability for student media. These resources will help you fight budget cuts, develop new sources of revenue, and make sure your publication survives and thrives in these tumultuous times. 

This scope of work is crucial to SPLC's mission — to support, promote and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists and their advisers. We know the challenges you're facing are immense, and we're here to support you.

Here's what you'll find in the hub:

Student Media Budget Cut Tracker
We need your help tracking financial hits to student media. If you face budget cuts, class eliminations, adviser layoffs, or other money-related struggles, tell us about then. SPLC and our partners will use this data to demonstrate the need to support student journalism as a key component of civic engagement and education. (For help fighting a budget cut, we also recommend contacting SPLC's legal hotline.)

Go to the tracker

College Media Financial Survival Guide
This guide distills expert advice from sources working in local media, college journalism, philanthropy and business, to provide clear ideas and guidance about how to keep college news outlets financially viable.

Go to the guide

High School Budget Advocacy Toolkit  
This step-by-step guide walks you through exactly what to do if your budget is cut, adviser is removed, or your program is reduced from a class to a club.

Go to the toolkit
Additional Resources
The hub contains a wide range of additional material, including information about digital tools worth investing in, recommended articles and webinars for further research, and more tips for responding to budget cuts. 
Go to the hub

Q: Can my public school cut funds to my student publication because they don’t like the stories we are producing? 

A: Absolutely not. This is censorship. At a public school, student editors are responsible for determining the content that will be published in their student media outlet. Legally, they must be allowed to do this free of any pressure, intimidation, or threats from school officials, including your student media adviser. Any changes to your publication’s funding that are predicated on content are unconstitutional. You should contact the SPLC if you are facing this situation.

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