Minnesota Scholastic Journalism

Student Press Rights Statement

Journalism Educators of Minnesota supports both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Journalism Education Association in their statements against student press censorship.


JEM believes censorship of student publications is not educationally sound. Strong journalism programs support higher order thinking skills and the free, responsible exchange of ideas. This only happens when principals permit publications to be open forums. When student journalism encourages a larger discourse and exchange of ideas, even on topics that are sensitive or challenging, issues may be explored and resolved in a constructive manner. The First Amendment applies to everyone, including high school students. Schools should be promoting those freedoms, not taking them away.

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Student Press Rights Statement