IHSPA, ICPA offering free shirts on Feb. 14

The Indiana High School Press Association and Indiana Collegiate Press Association are providing shirts for students who come out to support a first amendment protections bill for student journalists.

Students will wear the shirts at the Statehouse when House Bill 1130 is heard Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Statehouse house chamber at 8:30 a.m.

Students who arrive to the Indiana Statehouse by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 will receive a shirt.

Interested advisers should contact Diana Hadley at dhadley@franklincollege.edu with numbers and to get information about parking and entry.

The shirt design is below.

The bill, co-authored by Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, and Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, would provide protections for student journalists if passed this session.

The bill would make it so an educational institution can’t censor school-sponsored media unless it’s libelous or slanderous.

If passed, Indiana would join 11 other states which currently have either free expression laws protecting student journalists or student speech rights in their education codes.

Read more about the bill here.

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