High School Journalists Demand Albany Expand Press Protections

High School Journalists Demand Albany Expand Press Protections

Student journalists say they’re tired of being told what they can write about in their school newspapers, with principals and other administrators often limiting political speech or criticisms of the institution.

A bill that would change that by increasing First Amendment protections for young reporters is gaining momentum in Albany this session after nearly seven years of advocacy.

“Unless it’s a really big story, most local papers aren’t gonna be covering high school issues,” said Violetta Atocha, a senior at Clinton High School in Manhattan who traveled to Albany last month with a group of students and advisers pressing lawmakers on the bill. “And so it’s very important for student journalists not to be censored in the same way that it’s important for adult journalists not to be censored.”

Read the full article here: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2023/4/13/23681916/high-school-journalists-demand-albany-expand-press-protections


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