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    Free speech protections for student journalists signed into law | March 2018
    Posted on 03/21/2018
    Talisman Staff StudentsA handful of Talisman staffers participated in the historic governor’s signing of a free speech rights bill for student journalists. In the attached photo, seniors and Co-Editors-in-Chief Jackson Croy and Eleanor Dudley stand outside the state capitol with state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn (sponsor of the bill), along with senior political correspondent Oscar Zahner.

    Gov and Talisman Students

    March 21, 2018
    | View this press release from lead sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Joe Fain’s office.

    As a result of decades of work, student journalists will now receive first amendment protections like their professional peers after legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain was today signed into law. The change makes Washington the 14th state to extend free speech protections to student journalists. Fain’s bill was supported by current and former student reporters and editors, journalism teachers and free press advocates, many of whom were on hand at the Capitol for the bill signing.

    Michael Smith
    Newspaper & Yearbook adviser, CJE
    Ballard High School