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Must reads for after Scholastic Journalism Week


sprclogoAs Scholastic Journalism Week ends, we don’t want to lose sight of issues students and advisers continue to face.  Some are as old as Hazelwood; some much newer and raise additional concerns.

• Active voice: SPLC project strives to empower women in student media
SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte told attendees at the organization’s 40th anniversary that “the non-profit organization has noticed a trend: girls most often stand up and report on serious issues within their schools and communities. They’re also the first to be shut down.” Hence, a new SPLC project, Active Voices.

• High school students, teachers confront student media censorship
Another in a series of surveys of scholastic student journalists and their advisers at national scholastic journalism conventions shows –again – that censorship is a fact of life in many schools. Of 6,406 students and teacher who attended the NSPA/JEA Washington, D.C. convention in the fall, 52 percent of student respondents said someone other than student editors had the final authority to determine content of the student media.
Other censorship studies include:
• New research shows administrators know more about the First Amendment but don’t fully grasp it
•High school students, teachers ex;eeriness student media censorship 

• One man crusades for students’ social media rights nationwide
Attorney Bradley Shear discusses how his work could help make Maryland the 13th state with a law protecting the social media privacy rights of students in colleges and high schools. SPLC podcast.


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