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Understand how and why prior review limits your expression and endangers the school and administrators. #25HZLWDhazelwoodcolor

Prior review is not only damaging to the professional practice of journalism, but it also creates a stifling, restricted community.  When student voices are marginalized, the educational process suffers, and foundational democratic principles such as truth and transparency are undermined.

Often, it is administrators or school district officials who exercise prior review. However, sometimes advisers take on the ultimate role of editor, thinking this is best for the students, publication, and the school.  Not only is this educationally invalid thinking, it creates potential legal issues for the adviser and the school community.

Read more about prior review below to find out why students should have final editorial control, and why advisers and administrators are modeling best practices when they don’t have the final say.

• Read JEA’s official statement on prior review
• Find advice to help your administrators understand the damaging effects of prior review
• Analzying prior review
• Key questions to ask of those who engage in prior review
• Guidelines if facing prior review
• Prior review questions
• As journalism teachers, our job is to fight censorship


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