Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Student Journalism and First Amendment Rights

Student Journalism and First Amendment Rights

Former student-activist Mary Beth Tinker and Executive Director of the Newseum's First Amendment Center Lata Nott talked about students' First Amendment rights and how they apply to student journalists in public schools. They discussed Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988) and how legislation in individual states impacts the freedoms of student journalists.

Description

Former student-activist Mary Beth Tinker and Executive Director of the Newseum's First Amendment Center Lata Nott talked about students' First Amendment rights and how they apply to student journalists in public schools. They discussed Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988) and how legislation in individual states impacts the freedoms of student journalists.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Mary Beth Tinker, how does your ability to use your freedom of speech rights vary depending on which school you go to?
  • Explain how Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier impacted students' freedom of speech. What was the justification for this ruling?
  • How are certain state legislatures addressing freedom of speech rights for student journalists?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • First Amendment
    • Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier
    • Journalism
    • Supreme Court

    Topics

    Constitutional FoundationEducationSupreme Court Cases

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity