High school newspapers before distribution.

High school newspapers before distribution.

Student newspapers are a first foray into journalism for many aspiring reporters. But in many schools, newspapers are produced under the watchful eye of school administrators. While it’s legal for school staff to review these publications before they hit the presses, critics argue that it weakens the learning experience for young journalists, and may impinge First Amendment rights. We talk with two D.C. high school newspaper editors who rejected prior review of their articles from their principal, along with an expert on the complex world of student press freedom.


  • Frank LoMonte Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
  • Erin Doherty Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Wilson Beacon
  • Helen Malhotra Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Wilson Beacon

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