Frank LoMonte’s discussion this evening was highly informative and eye opening. He spoke on many of the perils facing student newspapers, discussed several legal cases, both past and present, and how the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) works to aid student journalists. The work that Mr. Monte and the SPLC does often goes unnoticed but is indelible to journalistic pursuits in high schools and on college campuses across the country.
Three big nuggets I picked up on this evening:
- The Tinker Case is important. Know it.
- Laws regarding online speech and social media have been ‘written in the sand’ and precedents ‘are being set in our generation.’
- Freedom of speech often doesn’t apply if you’re in a private setting (e.g. working for TGI Friday’s, etc.)