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First Things First: Using the newspaper to teach the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment

First Things First: Using the newspaper to teach the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

March 19, 2014

By Rob Melton The reason for integrating newspapers into the curriculum is to acquaint students with various types of expository texts. These lessons help students analyze historical documents and synthesize them with issues involving the First Amendment. View First Things First or download it in P...

Mary Beth Tinker talks about free speech, civics education with students

Mary Beth Tinker at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. in front of the permanent exhibit commemorating the Tinker v. Des Moines case. She is pictured with her brother John holding the black armbands they wore in silent protest of the Vietnam War when she was a 13-year-old junior high school student. She talks with journalism students today in Portland at an event hosted by Northwest Scholastic Press.

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

March 14, 2014

By Rob Melton Mary Beth Tinker, the plaintiff in the landmark ACLU case Tinker v. Des Moines that established free expression rights for students and teachers in schools, discussed her case with  more than 120 students and their teachers this morning in Portland at the UO Portland Center. M...

2012 NWSP letter to Bronco Blaze Staff…

November 10, 2012

Dear Bronco Blaze staff: Thank you for your recent questions regarding Oregon's Student Free Expression Law. I have been following events at your school closely. I was also the one to post the stories on the Northwest Scholastic Press blog ( In the process of doing that, I have also con...

‘Cyberbullying being fueled by organizations that stand to gain from demonizing kids’ says SPLC Director

April 23, 2012

It is admirable that student journalists want to be opinion leaders on their campuses in the fight against bullying. Sticking up for vulnerable people who are victimized by powerful people is the foundational work of journalism. I hope that student journalists also will uniquely appreciate, and write...

Judge upholds punishment of Miss. student who posted rap song on Facebook; SPLC director says ruling is ‘outlandishly wrong’

By Emily Summars, SPLC staff writer

March 16, 2012

Court holds that Tinker applies to off-campus speech March 15, 2012 When you join JEA, you receive the quarterly Student Press Law Center Report with your membership. Never miss a story. Click this link to visit the website. MISSISSIPPI – A federal judge sided with school officials Thursda...

Sixth Circuit extends Hazelwood to colleges, universities

January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012 Sixth Circuit extends Hazelwood to colleges, universities MICHIGAN - A federal appeals court on Friday extended the censorship-friendly Hazelwood student expression standard to public colleges and universities, while allowing a former counseling student's First Amendment lawsuit...

Justices to ponder full First Amendment freedom for broadcasting

Tony Mauro, First Amendment Center Legal Correspondent

January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012 WASHINGTON — Is the Supreme Court ready to give broadcasters the same First Amendment freedom that newspapers, cable television and the Internet enjoy? Oral arguments set for tomorrow in the case of FCC v. Fox Television Stations may offer clues to how the Court may answer that que...

SPLC Director explains FERPA law protects records, not facts

December 13, 2011

A persistent misunderstanding was explained on the JEAHELP listserv by SPLC director Frank LaMonte. The listserv, available to all members, is another great reason to become a JEA member. This may be expecially important to those who are working through these issues with their online publications. FERPA prot...

A model social media policy from JEA SPRC

October 23, 2011

Educators who fail to use social media as a teaching tool are not serving the best interests of their students or themselves. That's why an adviser from Missouri wrote this social media policy which was published today on Here's the post Posted by Matthew Schott:OCT23 As an educator in Missouri,...

Seattle schools not liable for student newspaper content

September 28, 2011

In what might be a landmark decision, a Superior Court judge in Washington ruled July 22, 2011, in Sisley v Seattle School District #1, that public high schools are not liable for the content of student-produced newspapers. Student Press Law Center spokesmen have said this ruling is the first to...