A Roundup of Recent Content from the Scholastic Press Rights Committee

Constitution Day is Sept. 17 and an important date for a democratic society that historically has valued free speech and civic engagement. Need materials? We have you covered!

Once again, we're providing a collection of lesson plans and activities. Check out this year's featured lessons and feel free to use the content in whatever manner is best for you and your class. If you missed lessons from previous years, you will also find links to them on the site.

Blog

Candace Bowen, MJE, follows the SPRC's first blog focusing on scholastic journalism as leaders with a piece discussing journalism as activism.

Journalism as activism became discussion on social media and in the journalism world.

"I think that for me, the purpose of journalism is to raise the voices of people who maybe don't have a voice," one of The Eagle Eye newspaper's editors, Rebecca Schneid, told CNN's Brian Stelter less than two months after the Parkland shootings.

This blog also shares instructions about advisers and students, and others in your schools, can participate in a Kent State University/Poynter Media Ethics online workshop Sept. 19 featuring Marjory Stoneman Douglas media advisers Mellissa Falkowski and Eric Garner. You will be able to tweet questions to them, too.

The daylong event will be at Kent State University Thursday, Sept. 19, but it will also be streamed live from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and archived for future viewing so you can watch all or parts of it from anywhere.

In addition, the Center for Scholastic Journalism will award $500 to the school media program with best coverage of activism. This can be a package in any media and by multiple students. Details will be announced during the workshop at 1:45 p.m. EDT and available on the website or from Candace Bowen, cbowen@kent.edu.

Podcast:

After defining the terms "prior review," "prior restraint" and "self-censorship," Archer School for Girls journalism adviser Kristin Taylor interviews Archer's Upper School Director Gretchen Warner and student editor-in-chief Anna Brodsky about the relationship between this private school's free student press and its administration.

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After defining the terms "prior review," "prior restraint" and "self-censorship," Archer School for Girls journalism adviser Kristin Taylor interviews Archer's Upper School Director Gretchen Warner and student editor-in-chief Anna Brodsky about the relationship between this private school's free student press and its administration.

If you are a student or a student media adviser with a story about prior review or restraint, we want to hear from you. You can reach us at sprc@jea.org with the subject line "Podcast" or tweet us at @jeapressrights. So you don't miss out on future episodes, please subscribe to this podcast through any of the many podcast applications available for your computer or phone

If you have a question or comment about what you think we need to be doing, feel free to contact Lori Keekley, SPRC director, at keekley@gmail.com. Your input is welcomed.

Kristy Cates