Student Press Freedom Initiative

Student Press Freedom Initiative

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.

Here are some of the ways SPFI has your back

  • SPFI’s 24-hour hotline — 717-734-SPFI (7734) or — can quickly respond and provide rapid resources for your legal questions if you’re facing censorship
  •, SPFI’s clickable guide to common media law and First Amendment questions, helps you learn more about topics like defamation and privacy law
  • SPFI’s resources help you understand how to identify and respond to censorship.
  • SPFI offers free virtual and in-person trainings on topics like accessing public records and avoiding legal missteps.

Upcoming Trainings & Events

FOIA & Public Records 101

On May 5, 2022 at 4 pm, college journalists and all interested are invited to join FIRE’s Student Press Freedom Initiative for a Zoom workshop on FOIA basics. Learn from Program Officer and former student journalist Anne Marie Tamburro as she guides you through how to submit a public records request and use government documents in your reporting. Register here to join!