After the suspension of the Har-Ber High School newspaper, many local and national journalism organizations are looking to help.
All eyes are on Har-Ber High School right now waiting for the administration to give answers to the student newspaper, punished for publishing a controversial article in October.
Sommer Ingram Dean from the Student Press Law Center said journalism students in the natural state have added protection under the new voices act.
New Voice is a student-powered bipartisan movement to give students protection from censorship. They receive support from advocates in law, journalism, education, and civics.
We sat down with University of Arkansas Media Law Professor, Kara Gould, who said these added protections and support from other journalists is how these students can continue to grow after this suspension.
“High school journalist are learning to hold public officials accountable and I think the point of the law is to be able to help them learn to do that by doing outstanding investigative reporting,” said UA Media Law Professor Kara Gould.
We also spoke with members of the Society of Professional Journalist who said they are aware of the situation and are actively looking into it. They will release a statement on how they will act on the situation after their investigation.