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IJEA Blog: We’ve come a long way in Illinois scholastic journalism, but there’s still a long way to go

IJEA Blog: We’ve come a long way in Illinois scholastic journalism, but there’s still a long way to go

Stan Zoller, MJE, IJEA Board Member

December 21, 2016

As 2017 arrives, make a resolution to recognize that scholastic press rights are for every scholastic journalist and journalism educator in Illinois — and together we can make a difference!

BREAKING NEWS: Speech Rights of Student Journalists bill is law!

BREAKING NEWS: Speech Rights of Student Journalists bill is law!

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

July 29, 2016

HB5902, the Speech Rights of Student Journalist Act, became law in Illinois on July 29. Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature means that student journalists and their advisers are protected against arbitrary censorship; now they can report responsibly about the ideas, events and issues that matter for both...

HB 5902: A Twitter Retrospective

HB 5902: A Twitter Retrospective

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 28, 2016

From an idea to a public act signed by the governor into law, take a look at the journey of the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act through the lens of Twitter. (Click on the Storify logo to access.)

UPDATE: HB 5902 is on governor’s desk

UPDATE: HB 5902 is on governor’s desk

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 28, 2016

From Stan Zoller, Chair of the IJEA Legislation Committee: A picture is worth a thousand words.   Gov. Bruce Rauner has 60 days to sign, veto or take no action on the Speech Rights of Student Journalists legislation that passed unanimously through both the Illinois House and Senate this spring.  ...

House, Senate concur; HB5902 is headed to governor

House, Senate concur; HB5902 is headed to governor

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 1, 2016

A story that started just six short months ago is now nearing its resolution. The Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act was drafted to guarantee that scholastic journalists are not restricted by prior review, prior restraint or censorship of the content they produce, so that student journalists...

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act (HB 5902) unanimously approved by full Senate

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act (HB 5902) unanimously approved by full Senate

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 28, 2016

The IJEA Chair of the Legislation Committee, Stan Zoller, sends this update after the full Illinois Senate's unanimous passage of HB 5902 on May 27: The Senate passed HB5902 today by a margin of 51-0-1. The next step is to get concurrence in the House before it goes to the governor's desk -- the final and seemingly most difficult st...

Speech Rights bill heads to Illinois Senate committee

Speech Rights bill heads to Illinois Senate committee

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 6, 2016

From Stan Zoller, JEA Director-at-Large and IJEA Member: The Illinois Senate Committee hearing  for the Speech Rights for Student Journalists Act is 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and is scheduled to be in "400 - Capitol," according to the information that's posted. Mirroring th...

Debrief: Behind the scenes of the student press freedom bill in the House

Debrief: Behind the scenes of the student press freedom bill in the House

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

April 19, 2016

After the 114-0 vote in the Illinois House of Representatives on April 19, another step was taken on the path to ensuring free speech protections to the ethical and hardworking student journalists in Illinois. The bill's lead sponsor in the House, Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), has championed the...

BREAKING NEWS: HB 5902 passes in the House!

BREAKING NEWS: HB 5902 passes in the House!

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

April 18, 2016

The Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act, HB 5902, passed in the Illinois House on April 19, by a 114-0 vote. The bill also picked up two more sponsors for a total of seven sponsors, five Democrats and two Republicans. The legislation now goes onto the Senate. To track the movement o...

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act moves on to Illinois House

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act moves on to Illinois House

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

April 7, 2016

Scholastic journalism in Illinois scored a victory on April 6 as House Bill 5902, the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act, was passed by the bipartisan Judiciary-Civil Committee by a vote of 11-0. The bill’s purpose is to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists at the high school level (mirroring the rights college journalists now have) and would extend to media or publications that are sponsored...

Bill preventing censorship of high school journalists introduced in Illinois House

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

February 18, 2016

The journey to overturn the power of Illinois public school administrators to interfere with responsible and ethical student journalism has begun, thanks to an energetic young state representative and the organizing efforts of IJEA and its allies.

Students land a blow against prior review

Students land a blow against prior review

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

August 31, 2015

On the first day of school the new principal of Woodrow Wilson High in Washington, D.C., instituted a policy of prior review for the school newspaper. The students pushed back, and the result was heartening for all who care about a free and responsible student press.

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