- American Society of News Editors Resolution in Support of Legal Protection for Student Journalists and Advisers, adopted Aug. 10, 2016, commending states for enacting New Voices laws and calling on ASNE member editors to support similar laws nationwide.
- Society of Professional Journalists Resolution 9, adopted Sept. 20, 2015, urges SPJ members to support legislation based on the New Voices of North Dakota Act protecting the editorial independence of the student media.
- Society of Professional Journalists Resolution 4, adopted Aug. 26, 2013, declares that the level of institutional control legalized by the Supreme Court in Hazelwood “impedes an educator’s ability to adequately instruct and train students in professional journalistic values and practices, including the right to question authority and investigate performances of governance.”
- Resolution One of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), enacted April 2, 2013, declares that “no legitimate pedagogical purpose is served by the censorship of student journalism even if it reflects unflatteringly on school policies and programs, candidly discusses sensitive social and political issues, or voices opinions challenging to majority views on matters of public concern.”
- “Hazelwood at 25,” published Feb. 6, 2013, in Education Week, a reflection on a generation of institutionalized censorship: “It’s time to acknowledge that Hazelwood is a failed experiment on America’s young people and to recognize that public schools are a forum where the discussion of diverging views on political and social issues is not merely to be tolerated, but welcomed.”
- A 2015 survey of 900+ high school journalists by the University of Kansas confirms a link between working in a supportive environment respectful of First Amendment values and an increased sense of civic efficacy (the ability to use media to advocate for change). Read the study at civicsandjournalists.org.
- North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says New Voices is working well in her state. Read her account of how the New Voices Act is helping administrators and teachers provide a better learning experience for North Dakota students.
- The National Council of Teachers of English endorsed New Voices legislation to give students First Amendment protection.
In The News
- “Gianficaro: New Jersey Legislature to help stamp out student censorship,” The Bergen Record (July 22, 2016). Interview with fired New Jersey journalism adviser Bill Gurden about his ongoing retaliation suit.
- “Bill would give student journalists more freedom, prevent schools from censoring content,” The Springfield News-Leader (4/1/2016). “[Student journalists] are going to have the expanded opportunity to go after the stories they are really passionate about,” said Dave Davis, adviser to Hillcrest High School’s HTV Magazine.
- “Newly proposed bill could protect student journalists.” The State News (3/23/2016). “Understanding the ethical responsibilities that come with the First Amendment is important and ought to be encouraged at both the high school and collegiate level,” said Michigan State journalism professor Sue Carter.
- “Bills to protect student journalists from censorship more popular in conservative states.” The College Fix (3/21/2016). “The people [of North Dakota] just got it right away … regardless of party, regardless of ideology,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center.
- “Freedom of Speech, Press, Open Meetings Legislation Proposed in Md.” Southern Maryland Online (3/2/2016). The First Amendment is “being thrown out the window” under the Hazelwood decision, said Gary Clites, president of the Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association.
- “Talking Politics – Walter Cronkite New Voices Act” Mid-Missouri Public Radio (2/24/2016). “Just to think that that would happen to someone who’s put so much work into a story that they’re told, ‘No, your students aren’t mature enough to hear this,’ I think that’s ridiculous and I think this bill is really important to protecting high school journalism rights,” said Abby Kempf, a senior at Rock Bridge high school, and one of the editors-in-chief of the school’s journalism program.
- “Student journalists in state may get more free-speech protection.” The Seattle Times (2/16/2016). “In order for journalists to do what they need to, they need to be free of censors,” said the former editor-in-chief of a Washington high school newspaper.
- “Protecting Student Journalists in a New-Media Era.” Chronicle of Higher Education (2/11/2016). In a Q&A, Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte speaks about the New Voices campaign and why it’s important.
- “Bill seeks to restore First Amendment rights of student media.” Columbia Daily Tribune (2/2/2016). “For years, student reporters have been treated as second-class journalists. And that’s a shame, because they are often the only ones tackling crucial issues in schools and on campuses,” testified Tim Tai, Missouri student photojournalist, at the hearing for the New Voices of Missouri bill.
- “Activists in Wisconsin Push For Student Free-Press Protections.” CBS Minnesota (1/31/2016). “It’s amazing how North Dakota re-energized this movement across the country. I think people had been really discouraged for a long time,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center.
- “Missouri bill protects free speech rights for student journalists.” Washington Times (1/8/2016). The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Elijah Haahr, said he wants Missouri to be “known more as a being a protector of free speech than being one that was known for censoring that speech.”
- “New free speech bill meant to better protect student journalists.” Columbia Missourian (1/6/2016). Haahr said the controversy on Missouri’s campus this fall between student journalists and campus protesters who did not want to be photographed redoubled his efforts to write the bill.
- “The Record: Free Student Press,” Bergen Record (Aug. 12, 2016). “Being free to criticize school officials without the fear of censorship or retribution isn’t an unreasonable expectation for students in New Jersey. It’s called democracy.”
- “Stop censorship of student journalists, The Daily Record (N.J.) (July 21, 2016). “School officials too often exhibit arrogance in squelching negative stories, as if somehow students are exploiting the freedom which they’ve been given. But this isn’t a corporate environment in which every employee is expected to pull for the team.”
- “New Voices Fight to Restore Student Free Speech,” The Cato Institute (4/8/2016). “Our schools have educated a generation of sheep who come into college believing the government can tell them what to do, what to think and what they can say or not say,” said David Cuillier, journalism professor at the University of Arizona.
- “Protecting Student Journalists.” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. (2/28/2016). “How are student journalists supposed to learn the fundamentals and ideals of their craft if they have to constantly wonder whether their content will bring down the wrath of administrators?”
- “Lead the Fight Against Campus Censorship.” Campus News (2/13/2016). “Hazelwood not only hurts journalists, but ruthlessly disregards the voices of all students, and fails to keep public employees accountable. It’s important for any student, regardless of their relationship with student press, to fight against censorship and join the New Voices movement to protect the sanctity of their institution.”
- “State Law Should Guarantee Freedoms for Student Journalists.” West Bend Current (2/9/2016). “I want to explore serious stories and apply the skills I have gained by being a student in this district. Unfortunately, my learning is too often hindered by the same officials who are, I believe, charged with nurturing my learning environment.”
- “Do not silence students.” News Press Now (2/7/2016). “Administrators might think they know best how to contend with these subjects, but others understand our young people experience these issues in intensely personal ways, have insights adults lack and can contribute greatly to making things better.”
- “Give students freedom to learn free speech.” HeraldNet (2/4/2016). “With administrators making the call, students can’t adequately learn the standards of journalism to check and double-check facts and know the boundaries of the First Amendment.”
- “ROONEY: Student journalists deserve to be treated as professionals.” The Daily Nebraskan (1/19/2016). “With this bill, student journalists would be allowed to act as professional journalists. Just because we are still learning at our universities or colleges doesn’t mean we don’t know what we’re doing. We know how to be journalists, and now we will be allowed to act more like them.”
- “Loeks: Students deserve First Amendment protections.” Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star Herald (1/12/2016). “Perhaps I was fortunate as a high school and college journalism student, but as an editor, I had a steady awareness of student censorship issues and cases and my responsibility to represent other student journalists. That responsibility was never far from our minds when we were addressing an issue that administrators, faculty or even parents may take issue with. We were always careful, with the help of our journalism instructors, to approach such issues with balance.”
- “Missouri and Nebraska Legislators Introduce Campus Press Legislation.” Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (1/12/2016). “…A free student press is exceedingly important, not just because it gives students a space to learn investigative and writing skills, but also because student newspapers often educate the broader community about matters of public concern. When student journalists cannot perform this function without the threat of punishment or censorship, the campus community can miss out on critical information.”
- “From the Daily: Defending student journalists.” The Michigan Daily (11/7/2015). “If young journalists are not allowed to report freely, they will not properly learn and practice the ethics of journalism and therefore not be able to keep university administrators in check. Ensuring their freedom of speech through law is the only practical option to keep the college press free.”
- “Michigan Needs a New Voice: Challenging Censorship in the Wolverine State.” Huffington Post (7/24/2015). “By punishing students for challenging the world around them, administrators are stunting young people’s civic growth. Journalism is a craft, a catalyst for change and an agent of information-spreading that everyone can use but few can teach well.”