As Valentine's Day approaches, we couldn't resist taking the opportunity to showcase some of the incredible reporting student journalists have been doing this semester.
  • The Daily Tarheel at University of North Carolina has reported extensively on their school system's secretive dealings with a Confederate group over a Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam." UNC's Board of Governors paid the group $74,999 (just $1 short of the amount that requires approval by the state Attorney General) which set the stage for the UNC System to pay the group $2.5 million in a lawsuit settlement. This is exactly why journalists are always taught to "follow the money." 
  • The Lantern at Ohio State University is providing ongoing, varied coverage of Richard Strauss, a former OSU physician who allegedly abused at least 177 students between 1978 and 1998. They've reported on legislation that would allow Strauss' victims to sue the university, as well as calls from his victims to investigate connections between an OSU Board of Trustees member and Jeffrey Epstein.
  • The Southerner at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta reported on the controversy surrounding the name of their school, and a push by students to change it during renovations. A reporter asked students and alumni for their opinions, and spoke to a representative for the Atlanta Board of Education about what it would take to change the name. She also gave a history lesson on the white supremacist for whom the school is named, and listed other institutions named after him. 
  • The DePaulia at DePaul University detailed the hardships adjunct professors face at the university, using charts to break down how they are underpaid and overworked. This article is a great example of a reporter using data sets to extrapolate and contextualize information. 
  • Speaking Eagle at Juan Diego Catholic High School put together a story package about their school's regular reading period. They explained where this program came from, the reasoning behind it (using data) and surveyed their entire student body about how often students actually read versus sleeping, talking or just staring into space.
These are just a few of the many examples of high caliber journalism coming from student journalists around the country.  On this Valentine's Day, that's what makes our heart warm!

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Resources for covering the 2020 election as a student journalist

Many student reporters are new to covering (or even participating in) elections, so SPLC collected story ideas and resources to help them prepare for what can be daunting reporting.

The roundup includes National Scholastic Press Association's campaign 2020 photo exchange, AP Stylebook's elections topical guide, data visualization tools and tips for covering a polling place. 

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A: Yes. Fonts — which are basically computer programs or software that tell your printer or computer screen how to create the shape of a letter or character — meet all the requirements for copyright protection. They are:

  1. original
  2. creative
  3. fixed in a tangible form
So fonts are subject to copyright protection in the United States unless their owner explicitly releases them into the public domain.

If you want to use a font that is not in the public domain, you must have a license to do so. Many fonts are free, others are packaged with software and some are sold separately. When obtaining a standalone font, work only with reputable, known companies (or “font foundries,” as they are often called) and be sure to read the license to make sure that what you’re purchasing meets your project’s needs and that you are complying with its terms.

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