The Student Press Law Center launched the first annual Student Press Freedom Day in 2019, with three goals:

  1. Raise awareness of the vital work and impact of student journalists as they report on their schools and communities (including the important role they play filling gaps in news deserts.)
  2. Highlight the challenges student journalists face as they are confronted with censorship and prior review policies.
  3. Showcase the contribution of journalism education to engaged civic life.

Those goals still remain true to the heart of the day, but each year Student Press Freedom Day grows in scope with more students and advisers joining in, writing op-eds, creating videos, hosting events and building momentum for New Voices campaigns in their state.

The theme for Student Press Freedom Day 2021 is Journalism Against the Odds in acknowledgment of the phenomenal news coverage student journalists produced despite being faced with incredible challenges of a year consumed by not only a global pandemic, but widespread racial justice protests, a major election and a rise in targeting and censorship of journalists. We encourage you to read more about how students have risen to the occasion in four issue areas:

But even more importantly, take action for student press freedom!

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In The News

Read op-eds and feature articles about Student Press Freedom Day, and the need to protect student journalists’ rights.


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