As you head back to the classroom and newsroom for what will surely be a very abnormal new school year, SPLC is here to help however we can. You can find all of the resources mentioned in this email, and many more on our Back to School 2020 page. 

Back to School Resources

Legal hotline

For legal help, including how to respond to censorship, libel reviews, advice for access issues or media law questions of any kind, contact SPLC’s free legal hotline.
Go to the hotline

Coronavirus toolkit

In this toolkit, you'll find a guide to covering the coronavirus, a letter you can give to administrators to explain the legal definition of essential services and the role of student news media, and answers to your top legal questions about covering COVID-19.
Go to the toolkit

Financial strategies for student media

If your student newsroom is facing budget cuts, loss of ad revenue, transitioning away from print or you just want to educate yourself, these resources are for you. 
See financial strategies

Guide to covering protests

This newly updated guide provides tips for staying safe in the field, how to communicate to police that you are a journalist, advice and resources from other groups, and an overview of your legal rights in this situation.
See the guide

Other tools

  • Help restore and protect student press freedom in your state by getting involved in New Voices.
  • Let us meet you in your newsroom! We’ve added new Virtual Speaker Bureau options for covering the coronavirus, covering protests and an open Q&A.
  • Has your administration used FERPA to restrict access to important COVID-related information? Use this letter to fight back.
  • Considering creating a policy about reporting in-person during COVID-19? Here is some guidance.
  • Get public records about COVID-19 using SPLC’s FOI request letter generator.
See more
This week, instead of bringing you a new Ask SPLCs we wanted to re-share all of the COVID-19 Ask SPLCs our attorneys have answered in recent weeks:
See all coronavirus Ask SPLCs

Support SPLC

High school and college news organizations can show their support for SPLC's legal hotline and other core services by becoming a member. Your individual donations help us defend the rights of student journalists and their advisers across the country. 
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