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You’re back to school and there’s lot to report. We’ve been gearing up all summer and are ready to help.
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To get you off to a strong start, we’ve planned some special back-to-school events: 
  • Sept. 4-7 — Daily Back-to-School Alerts. 
    • Each day we'll post an alert reminding you about something you want to be sure to do at the start of the academic year to ensure success and safety. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and bookmark our site so you don't miss anything.
  • 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. 
  • Ongoing — Set up a time to talk with our legal team.
    • Got questions? Need help? Go online and make an appointment using our legal hotline.

On August 16, hundreds of news outlets across the country, including many student publications, responded to President Trump’s anti-media rhetoric with editorials promoting freedom of the press. The effort was organized and led by The Boston Globe. 

The Student Press Law Center collected some of these editorials to amplify student voices as they defended themselves to the people who matter most: their own communities. 

“Student journalists play a vital role in the civic life not only of their schools but of their communities. They are increasingly marginalized and censored as the “war on media” discourse takes hold,“ said Hadar Harris, executive director of the SPLC. “...We stand together with student and professional journalists to defend the importance of the free and independent press.”

Did your newsroom write an editorial? Email ddieterich@splc.org and we'll add it to our list.
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Special shout out to our summer legal intern Caitlin McBride, who surprised us on her last day with this drawing of the SPLC team! We’re gonna frame it and cherish it forever. Follow us on Instagram.

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