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Student press freedom bill fails in close House vote

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students died in the House Monday. The vote was 47-45 in favor of House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, but failed because it didn’t get the required 51 votes […]

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Press freedom bill for student journalists advances

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration. After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there […]

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Student journalist talks freedom, responsibility ahead of bill review

By Erica Irish and Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Drew Tapp, editor-in-chief of Southport High School’s The Journal, is no stranger to journalism education and its ongoing struggle in Indiana politics. As the Southport senior manages 28 student journalists, Tapp works under the oversight of an administration that could review or censor any of his […]