Student activism and engagement is experiencing a rebirth not seen since the 1960s and 1970s. Young people are exercising their First Amendment free-speech rights to speak out on cutting-edge issues like school shootings and President Trump’s policies on immigration. Student journalists have joined the fray – often filling an information gap in news deserts where local coverage is lost or minimal. But in having a real voice, student journalists also can find themselves in hot water merely for just doing their job.
Newroom diversity advocate Sonya Gavankar and free-speech expert David Hudson explore student journalism and the censorship challenges they face in reporting on controversial subjects – in school or in the community.
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