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Answered: Student Press

The First Amendment protects the freedom of the press, including student journalists.

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Can my school censor school newspaper advertisements based on the school’s Code of Conduct?

The school likely cannot prohibit the newspaper from publishing advertisements for alcohol and lottery tickets.

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Can the school censor student journalists and stop them from broadcasting bad game scores?

No, if a school administrator censors the scores of high school sports on school-sponsored television broadcasts, it is likely a violation of student First Amendment press rights

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If a student journalist receives consent from students to publish their medical or private information, can privacy laws like HIPAA or FERPA prevent the student journalist from publishing that information?

Generally, no. Consent is key!

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I was told I couldn't publish my article in our school's newspaper because the principal thought it would be embarrassing. Can she do that?

I wrote a really good article for my school newspaper about football players getting injured. I reported that many players got concussions and that some coaches would put guys back in the game even though it was suspected they might have gotten injured on an earlier play. I got quotes from players and quotes from coaches who defended themselves, plus I interviewed doctors. Just before the newspaper came out, the principal said the article couldn’t be published. Can he do that? Isn’t it my First Amendment right to expose bad information even if it is embarrassing?

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How do I know if my school's newspaper is a limited public forum?

If your school's paper is a limited public forum, your principal may not be able to censor what is published in the paper. We've got a list of factors to help you figure if your school's newspaper as a limited public forum.

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