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The Scholastic Press Rights Committee is leading a number of sessions at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, scheduled for Nov. 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Here’s a list you can take with you to the Marriott Wardman Park. We hope to see you at one or all of them.

Open forum: Discussion of legal and ethical issues (first of two)
Facing censorship issues including prior review or just have legal or ethical questions? Come to discuss them with members of the SPRC.
Forum leaders: John Bowen and Lori Keekley
10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22
Lincoln 6, Exhibition Level

Protecting your rights as an adviser
Journalism teachers and media advisers often feel vulnerable and pulled in different directions. Learn both principles and tactics that will give you the maximum legal protection when it comes to defending your support for the press freedom of your students.
Session leader: Mark Goodman
11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22
Truman, Mezzanine Level

Protecting your press freedom
School administrators, community members and faculty may want to interfere with the content decisions your student media leaders make. But there are concrete steps that student journalists and advisers can take to establish legal protections for your press freedom. Learn how you can create a policy and practice of independence.
Session leader: Mark Goodman
1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
Washington 1, Exhibition Level

Legal and ethical issues for advisers
Do you plan to take the CJE or MJE test or just want to be more familiar with legal and ethical student media issues? If you want to appreciate the impact of landmark court cases or understand the importance of your publication’s forum status, join us here.
Session leader: Candace Perkins Bowen
2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
Virginia C, Lobby Level

Scholastic Press Rights Committee meeting
We’ll meet to make plans and goals for the upcoming year. Advisers who are interested in being part of the committee are invited to attend.
Session leader: Lori Keekley
7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Park Tower 8212, Lobby Level

Obtaining press freedom in private schools
This session explores the conundrum of freedom of speech in schools without First Amendment protections. We’ll discuss strategies for building trust and positive relationships with school administration and pedagogical and mission-based arguments for student press freedoms.
Session leaders: Kristin Taylor and Anna Brodsky
9 a.m. Saturday, Truman, Mezzanine Level

Open forum: Discussion of legal and ethical issues (second of two)
Facing censorship issues including prior review or just have legal or ethical questions? Come to discuss them with members of the SPRC.
Forum leaders: Lori Keekley and John Bowen
10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Park Tower 8216, Lobby Level

Working with administrators who don’t understand
Student-led media provides the strongest protection for the school and the greatest learning for the students. Even in Hazelwood states it is the law, but some school administrators just don’t “get it.” This session discusses ways students can advance the cause of student-led journalism.
Session leaders: Jane Blystone and Lori Keekley
11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Virginia A, Lobby Level

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