Press Day 2007
Maps/Directions

 

Avoiding Censorship (A. Lenhoff)

To protect your newspaper from censorship, it is critical that you take steps to establish it as a public forum for student expression.

The Student Press Law Center – www.splc.org – provides more explanations and tips concerning the rights of student journalists. But the three steps below should be taken immediately.

PRINT ON YOUR EDITORIAL PAGE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT AND RUN IT IN EVERY ISSUE:

"The Leopard’s Roar views itself as an open forum for student expression. It welcomes letters to the editor and guest commentaries. The editor reserves the right to edit any submissions for length, grammar or profanity. All letters and submissions must be signed and must also include a phone number of the author. If significant changes or cuts are to be made to the submission, the author will be notified."

PRINT ON YOUR FLAG AND RUN IN EVERY ISSUE:

"An open forum for student expression."

DELIVER TO YOUR BOARD OF EDUCATION A REQUEST TO PASS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION:

"The Board of Education believes in the importance of the First Amendment and supports the Leopard’s Roar as a forum for open student expression."
 
If the board refuses to pass such a resolution or refuses to add it to an agenda for a meeting, contact your local newspaper or television station and tell them the story.

 

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