Illinois JEA

Chicago-area advisers learn from each other at 2017 Teach-In

Chicago-area advisers learn from each other at 2017 Teach-In

By Amanda Bright, Co-Secretary and At-Large Board Member

August 21, 2017

Scholastic media advisers gathered in a high rise on Wacker Drive on Aug. 8 to not only enjoy the Chicago newsroom of Northwestern University's Medill School and its view of Lake Michigan, but also to learn more about the pressing issues in student media advising for the new school year. The 2017...

FREE CURRICULUM: Advisers can download, use ‘Scholastic Media Law & Ethics in New Voices Illinois’ for this fall

FREE CURRICULUM: Advisers can download, use ‘Scholastic Media Law & Ethics in New Voices Illinois’ for this fall

By Amanda Bright, Co-Secretary and At-Large Board Member

July 17, 2017

On July 29, 2016, Illinois became a New Voices state when the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act (HB 5902) became law. The Illinois Journalism Education Association was elated at the bill’s passage, but we also recognized the responsibility that this legislation necessitated to both understand an...

Still unclear on how HB 5902 affects Illinois advisers, students? This Q&A will help!

Still unclear on how HB 5902 affects Illinois advisers, students? This Q&A will help!

October 19, 2016

Note: This information is courtesy of Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center. If you have additional questions, please contact the SPLC through their legal request site, by email, or call (202) 785-5450. Illinois House Bill 5902, The Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act: What It Means To You On July 29...

Full text of HB 5902: Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act

Full text of HB 5902: Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act

October 19, 2016

Public Act 099-0678 HB5902 As Passed  AN ACT concerning education. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act. Section 5. Definitions. As used in th...

BREAKING NEWS: Speech Rights of Student Journalists bill is law!

BREAKING NEWS: Speech Rights of Student Journalists bill is law!

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

July 29, 2016

HB5902, the Speech Rights of Student Journalist Act, became law in Illinois on July 29. Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature means that student journalists and their advisers are protected against arbitrary censorship; now they can report responsibly about the ideas, events and issues that matter for both...

HB 5902: A Twitter Retrospective

HB 5902: A Twitter Retrospective

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 28, 2016

From an idea to a public act signed by the governor into law, take a look at the journey of the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act through the lens of Twitter. (Click on the Storify logo to access.)

UPDATE: HB 5902 is on governor’s desk

UPDATE: HB 5902 is on governor’s desk

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 28, 2016

From Stan Zoller, Chair of the IJEA Legislation Committee: A picture is worth a thousand words.   Gov. Bruce Rauner has 60 days to sign, veto or take no action on the Speech Rights of Student Journalists legislation that passed unanimously through both the Illinois House and Senate this spring...

House, Senate concur; HB5902 is headed to governor

House, Senate concur; HB5902 is headed to governor

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

June 1, 2016

A story that started just six short months ago is now nearing its resolution. The Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act was drafted to guarantee that scholastic journalists are not restricted by prior review, prior restraint or censorship of the content they produce, so that student journalists...

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act (HB 5902) unanimously approved by full Senate

Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act (HB 5902) unanimously approved by full Senate

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 28, 2016

The IJEA Chair of the Legislation Committee, Stan Zoller, sends this update after the full Illinois Senate's unanimous passage of HB 5902 on May 27: The Senate passed HB5902 today by a margin of 51-0-1. The next step is to get concurrence in the House before it goes to the governor's desk -- the final and seemingly most difficult st...

Speech Rights bill heads to Illinois Senate committee

Speech Rights bill heads to Illinois Senate committee

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 6, 2016

From Stan Zoller, JEA Director-at-Large and IJEA Member: The Illinois Senate Committee hearing  for the Speech Rights for Student Journalists Act is 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and is scheduled to be in "400 - Capitol," according to the information that's posted. Mirroring th...

Debrief: Behind the scenes of the student press freedom bill in the House

Debrief: Behind the scenes of the student press freedom bill in the House

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

April 19, 2016

After the 114-0 vote in the Illinois House of Representatives on April 19, another step was taken on the path to ensuring free speech protections to the ethical and hardworking student journalists in Illinois. The bill's lead sponsor in the House, Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), has championed the...

BREAKING NEWS: HB 5902 passes in the House!

BREAKING NEWS: HB 5902 passes in the House!

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

April 18, 2016

The Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act, HB 5902, passed in the Illinois House on April 19, by a 114-0 vote. The bill also picked up two more sponsors for a total of seven sponsors, five Democrats and two Republicans. The legislation now goes onto the Senate. To track the movement o...

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