Great journalism starts here.

One reporter conducted a Peabody-winning investigative report on Army recruitment practices that rattled the Pentagon.

Another brought attention to the struggles faced by gay and lesbian teens in her high school, sparking a fierce community dialogue.

When a shooting death rocked their school, a team of yearbook editors faced the gravity of the moment to support empathy and healing.

These are the stories of high school journalism in Colorado.

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In the wake of a devastating Supreme Court decision, a handful of states passed laws guaranteeing First Amendment rights for students. Taking the Lede explores some of the courageous, insightful, and compelling stories produced by high school journalists in the 25 years since Colorado enacted the Student Free Expression Law.