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World Press Freedom Day recognizes global challenges facing journalists

April 27, 2015

More than 100 national celebrations will take place on May 3 in recognition of World Press Freedom Day. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, the purpose of the day is to celebrate “the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to d...

25 students win $1,000 scholarships in #PictureFreedom contest

April 20, 2015

Twenty-five students will receive $1,000 scholarships for sharing original photos and artwork on social media as part of 1 for All’s Picture Freedom contest. The weeklong scholarship contest celebrated the five freedoms of the First Amendment, speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. “It...

Blog keeps tabs on fake news on the Internet

April 13, 2015

For a look at the sometimes-silly, sometimes-concerning false information that circulates the Internet, The Washington Post offers a weekly roundup on The Intersect, a blog dedicated to digital and Internet culture. Its series called “What was fake on the Internet this week?” can be a resource...

Evaluating reliability of news sources an important skill

April 6, 2015

With fabricated and erroneous content often masquerading as legitimate news online and in social media, the ability to evaluate the reliability of the news sources from which they come is a critical skill for students in the digital age. Numerous strategies and resources are available to help teach...

One month remaining in 1 For All First Amendment Challenge

March 30, 2015

Submit First Amendment lesson plans to the 1 For All First Amendment Challenge by May 1 to be considered for one of 40 $1,000 awards. Teachers and schools simply provide First Amendment education and submit lessons plans and samples of student projects. Judges will select 40 teachers to receive $1,000...

First Amendment Speakers Bureau offers outreach to high schools

March 21, 2015

Teachers searching for ways to incorporate the First Amendment into their lessons should check out the resources offered by the First Amendment Speakers Bureau, a service of the MLRC Institute, a sister organization of the Media Law Resource Center. The Speakers Bureau sends MLRC members to various venues across th...

JEA and SPLC offer services to protect student expression

March 16, 2015

The first principle of news literacy is that free expression is the foundation of democracy. Services provided by the Journalism Education Association and the Student Press Law Center are helping to protect the role that students across the country play in that process. JEA’s Scholastic Press Righ...

Mobile recording apps raise questions of transparency

March 6, 2015

Mobile apps now make it easier than ever for student journalists to record interviews and phone calls. Several resources available online can assist students in considering the legality and ethics of doing so. One of the six principles of news literacy holds that news and information are more meaning...

Sunshine Week celebrates 10th anniversary

February 27, 2015

Sunshine Week, March 15-21, marks the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration that was started in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors. The national event celebrates open government and encourages the public to know what the government is doing and why. It provides a perfect opportunity...

Apply for the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference by Feb. 28

February 23, 2015

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, an all-expenses-paid, five-day conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is seeking applications from high school juniors with a passion for journalism and who embody the qualities of a “free spirit.” Fifty-one students, representing...