Are you a student journalist? FIRE has your back.

FIRE’s Student Press Freedom Initiative (SPFI) defends free press on campus by advocating for the rights of student journalists at colleges and universities across the country and offers helpful resources on student press censorship and information on the role of student media. If you face censorship, call 717-734-SPFI (7734) for guidance, resources, and answers to your legal questions.

Submit a Case

24-hour Hotline

Journalists with microphones interviewing formal dressed politician or businessman.

Know Your Rights 

FIRE’s Student Press Freedom Initiative offers helpful resources to student journalists at colleges and universities on subjects like press freedom, the First Amendment, libel and defamation, privacy law, and intellectual property. These resources also include student press censorship red flags to look out for and information on the role of student media.

Haskell Indian Nations University Student Journalist Jared Nally
Joining our student newspaper gave me a voice, and unfortunately it’s going to take a lawsuit for the university to listen to it.

FIRE helped me defend my rights.

Student Story

When Haskell Indian Nations University silenced student journalist Jared Nally, FIRE intervened.

Read Jared's Story

logo student press freedom initiative

VIDEO: FIRE launches Student Press Freedom Initiative for student journalists

Student Press Freedom Initiative on YouTube

Videos

Libel? Privacy? Intellectual property? When you’re producing a publication, there are so many legal risks to keep in mind. But don’t fear! We’ll go over tips and tricks for reviewing your own content to keep you out of the courtroom and in the newsroom.

View Playlist

You're not alone — FIRE defends your rights on campus

The FIRE Student Network is a coalition of students who recognize the importance of advancing civil liberties on their campuses. Join the movement to make college campuses across the country places where students like you can speak freely.

Join the FIRE Student Network

College students on campus looking at posted grades
Person writing at a desk

"Can I Publish This?" Course for University Students

Learn With FIRE

Libel? Privacy? Intellectual property? For student journalists producing a publication, there are so many legal risks to keep in mind. But don’t fear! We’ll go over tips and tricks for conducting a self-directed prepublication review, that is, how to analyze your own content to keep you out of the courtroom and in the newsroom.

Take This Course