First Amendment for the High School Journalist

Course Overview

Title:
First Amendment for the High School Journalist
Type:
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes about an hour to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Do you know what rights you, as a high school journalist, are guaranteed by the First Amendment? Would you be able to tell whether a school administrator is illegally censoring you? How do blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook fit into the First Amendment?

This course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your rights under the First Amendment and the laws that the Supreme Court has passed about freedom of speech and freedom of the press in high schools. When you've completed the course, you will be able to identify situations that could be violating your rights and know where to go for help.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Know what rights you, as a high school journalist, are guaranteed by the First Amendment
  • Know whether a school administrator is illegally censoring you
  • Know how blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook fit into the First Amendment
  • Identify situations that could be violating your rights and know where to go for help
Who should take this course:

High school journalists, high school journalism teachers, high school students and anyone who wants to understand what rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment and how they apply to scholastic journalism.

Course Instructor:

Warren Watson

Warren Watson is executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Watson is a veteran newspaper editor, the former vice president and acting co-president of the American Press Institute and, most recently, the director of J-Ideas, at Ball State University.

Training Partner:

J-Ideas, Ball State University

J-Ideas is the scholastic journalism and First Amendment institute at Ball State University.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection