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Help SPLC empower student journalists and future media attorneys

  • School administrators deny an intrepid high school journalist access to information about COVID cases at her school because of alleged FERPA concerns. She calls the SPLC Legal Hotline for help.

  • The editor-in-chief of a college newspaper wants to prep their staff for covering widespread protests in their community. They use SPLC's Virtual Speakers Bureau to book a free newsroom-wide training from an SPLC attorney to learn about their legal rights and staying safe in the field.

  • A photojournalist is arrested while legally covering a protest in Los Angeles. His equipment is confiscated. He spends the night in jail. SPLC finds pro bono legal counsel to represent him and help get his equipment returned.

  • A third year law student dreams of working with journalists and defending the First Amendment. Their school has few resources or classes to support this goal. They participate in SPLC’s three week Summer Media Law & Policy Institute, taught by legal experts from across the country, engaging in practical experiential learning, networking with top media lawyers, and arguing (for the first time) in a moot court competition.

The Student Press Law Center empowers both student journalists and law students to use the First Amendment to protect press freedom. We do this in three main ways: by answering legal questions from student journalists from across the country through our free legal hotline; by training and empowering student journalists in legal topics; and by training and encouraging law students to work in media law.

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We need your help

SPLC is committed to growing our legal services while keeping them free for students, but we rely on your financial support. 

  •  $100  provides a Virtual Speakers Bureau session for a high school or college newsrooms.
  •  $500  provides one day of free legal hotline services for student journalists and advisers who need it. 
  •  $1000  helps defray the costs for one student for the Summer Media Law & Policy Institute. 

Your donation, of any amount, directly helps to promote, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists and their advisers.  We can’t do it without your help.

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