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Posted by on Oct 30, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments


Press Rights Minute is one of several.of our services buried in the SPRC vault. Press Rights Minutes has a wealth of 60-second audio support on substantive, key journalistic, issues for advisers, students and administrators.

The Panic Button is a way to reach out for SPRC and JEA legal and/or ethical advice. We are not lawyers, but we can help while students or advisers contact the Student Press Law Center.It’s also an informative place for administrators and others to learn more about the dangers of not supporting journalism designated as a forum for student expression.

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Tinker: A Pillar of Strength is a compilation of lessons, activities and background of the importance of Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court decision and what followed it. It is varied; it is in depth and a provides at least a year’s worth of materials.

Having background like this year as we Handle(ing) Protests, Walkouts and Marches is essential. Although this was prepared for events and issues several years ago, it is relevant and offers solid advice for reporting in the charged atmosphere of pandemic, election and a divided nation.

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A new way to study at home

Posted by on Oct 27, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments


Here’s a remote resource to expand your knowledge

Colorado high school teacher and JEA member Megan Fromm has a new type of First Amendment activity for teachers to use remotely with students.

Fromm said it’s a digital, fully remote substitute for First Amendment learning stations she does with classroom groups.

“I’m including a link to what I’m calling the ‘teacher workbook,'” she wrote. “Google slides that explain everything.”

Fromm said the video and links embedded are all really important to understand how this lesson would work, so watch the video first.

“Hopefully,” she wrote, “it’s a semi-fun new way to engage with First Amendment content remotely.”

The First Amendment Stations: Teacher workbook and answer slides resources are available by download here.

The Explainer video that explains how this resource can be used is accessed here if it does not work within the above resource.

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Flashback: Lessons on avoiding sloppy reporting

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Blog, Ethical Issues, Mission, Policy, Teaching | 0 comments


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Semantics can strengthen reporting

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments


by Stan Zoller, MJE

When President Trump was hospitalized recently with COVID-19, it was, to say the least, interesting to watch the briefings from the medical professionals attending to him.

It was evident their words were chosen carefully – so carefully I couldn’t help but think of the late S.I. Hayakawa. 

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Having supportive administrators is not a fairytale

Posted by on Oct 9, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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by Teresa Scribner, CJE, Cleveland STEM High School Seattle, Washington

Once upon a time, there were three administrators. These warriors stood for racial equality, social justice and making sure all students in their school felt safe, seen and heard. They were champions of student voice, advocates of the school’s journalism program and defenders of student press rights.

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