New Voices U.S.


  • Students deserve equal rights,” Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star-Herald (Jan. 28, 2018). “The constitution should apply to student journalists and advisors just as it does for all other Americans. One’s rights should not be restricted because of age or the degree they hold.”
  • Allow students a voice,” St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Tribune (Jan. 28. 2018) “Sometimes — usually at a moment most opportune for school or college administrators — student expression is restricted without good cause. Or worse — simple reporting of what students and others think becomes subject to unjustified censorship.”
  • Give our youngest truth-seekers their First Amendment rights,” Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 25, 2018) “Educators should not be preparing our nation’s truth-seekers by discouraging them from looking for it or prohibiting them from telling it.”
  • Missouri students deserve ‘New Voices,'” Joplin Globe (Jan. 17, 2018) “We support the Cronkite New Voices Act and believe the efforts of Missouri’s young journalists deserve to be taken seriously..”
  • Missouri needs protections for student journalists,” Joplin Globe (Nov. 14, 2017) “We would call on our lawmakers to spend some time in the classrooms of high schools that still offer journalism classes and produce school newspapers or news websites. They will find advisers and students more than ready to be granted their First Amendment rights as members of a free press.”
  • “New Voices allows student journalists to be heard,” Lahontan Valley News (May 16, 2017) “This legislation is not a Democrat nor Republican issue. It must be a bipartisan acceptance to show Nevada’s lawmakers treasure free speech as long as it does not disrupt the learning process.”
  • “Student journalists deserve protection,” Kokomo Tribune (April 13, 2017). “The next generation of journalists needs to understand the importance of the First Amendment and the protections it offers. Starting them off without these safeguards sets a bad example and has the potential to drive young talent away from the profession.”
  • “The wrong end for student journalist bill in Indiana Senate,” South Bend Tribune (April 11, 2017). “Some might look at what happened to House Bill 1130 and dismiss it as affecting ‘only’ student publications. That would be the wrong way to understand what the recent defeat of this bill in the Indiana Senate says about First Amendment rights — and how easily this basic principle can be defeated with a dose of fear and misinformation.”
  • “Freedom of the student press?,” The Franklin (Feb. 23, 2017) “Students should be allowed to explore real world issues. Fluff stories about the best place to buy a formal dress are not sample-story worthy for internship applications.”
  • “Protect New Voices,” Caledonian Record (Feb. 13, 2017) “We’ve seen plenty of instances, over the years, of school officials stifling free expression of young writers when their candid reports cast the school in a negative light.”
  • Remove gag from student journalists,” Seattle Times (Feb. 5, 2017) “Let the students write. The country needs them.”
  • “Student press freedom,” Vermont Public Radio (Jan. 26, 2017) “As a profession, journalism is clearly under fire, both politically and economically, so it’s more important than ever to teach our children about the power of finding and telling the truth, in whatever media they choose.”
  • Allow students to practice rights, responsibilities of free press,” Everett (Wash.) Herald (Jan. 24, 2017) “As journalists and media outlets work to rebuild the vitality of the Fourth Estate and the public’s trust in journalism — particularly during a presidential administration that threatens to kick the watchdog at every opportunity — we will need journalism students who are schooled in their rights and their responsibilities and have already worked to develop the muscles to use them.”
  • 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.”