New: Student Press Freedom Day Boot Camp

In 2022 we’re launching the Student Press Freedom Day Boot Camp! Students and advisers who participate in the four central training workshops below will receive a certificate and a LinkedIn badge. 

Whether you plan to pick and choose from these events or earn the certification, you’ll learn tangible skills from seasoned experts.

The certification process is simple, just register for all four events and be sure to take the closing survey, indicating you’re a certification candidate. If you can’t attend a session live, no problem! Everyone who registers will be emailed a recording of the session, and instructions on how to notify us that you’ve completed the training.

Responding to Press Freedom Threats Through Advocacy

Wednesday Jan. 26 @ 8 p.m. ET

Whether through censorship, regressive legislation or bad policies, student voice is under attack. Learn how student journalists have changed the press freedom landscape in their states, and concrete strategies you can take to work with legislators and other decision makers to restore and protect the freedom of the student press.

How to Tell Your Story and Be a Spokesperson for Student Press Freedom

Thursday Feb. 3 @ 8 p.m. ET

You may think that your story doesn’t matter, that people aren’t interested, and that you shouldn’t be talking about yourself. Not true! Effectively advocating for student press freedom means connecting with others and offering an authentic account of what motivates you to be a journalist. This fun, interactive workshop will turn you into a pro in telling your “story of self” and provide you with skills that will be valuable in many different areas of your life. 

Using Social Media as a Journalist & Advocate

Thursday Feb. 10 @ 8 p.m. ET

Social media is a powerful tool that enables almost anyone to have a platform. In this session, we’ll explore how journalists can be advocates for student press freedom online and break down the 2021 Mahanoy Area School District v. BL Supreme Court decision – you know, “the f*ck cheer” case.

Watch Recorded Events:

Op-Ed Crash Course

Author & Veteran CNN & New York Times Journalist Steven A. Holmes gave insider tips on how to craft and place a compelling op-ed. Participants who opted in were matched with a professional journalist to support them as they craft their own op-eds related to student press freedom for a professional daily (or national!) newspaper. Watch the full recording now:

Student Press Freedom 101

In the first of our series of trainings for Student Press Freedom Day, SPLC attorneys helped students and advisers brush up on the legal concepts that are the foundation of student journalists’ right to publish truthfully and freely.