Tuesday, January 30, 2018

'Day of action' Wed. focuses on student journalists' rights

The Student Press Law Center is observing the first-ever Hazelwood Day of Action on Wednesday, Jan. 31 -- 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that student journalists lose some of their constitutional rights at the school door. Because of the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier decision, school administrators can remove material from student publications that they don't like, or even de-publish an entire publication.

The observance will kick off a year of activities and collaborations meant to raise awareness about the importance of a free student news media and the need for legislation, like that advocated by the group New Voices, to protect student journalists' rights.

Planned events for tomorrow include Facebook Live discussions on the SPLC page, coordinated Twitter blasts, and an Instagram selfie challenge.

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