New: Student Press Freedom Day Boot Camp

Join our series of events in the lead up to Student Press Freedom Day 2022. Pick and choose based on your interests, or participate in all four to receive the “Student Press Freedom Day Boot Camp” certificate!

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Op-Ed Crash Course

Thursday Jan. 13 @ 8 p.m. ET

Author & Veteran CNN & New York Times Journalist Steven A. Holmes will give you everything you need to know, with insider tips, on how to craft and place a compelling op-ed. Participants will be matched, upon request, with a professional journalist to support you as you craft your own op-ed related to student press freedom for a professional daily (or national!) newspaper. Space is limited, so sign up today! 

Responding to Press Freedom Threats Through Advocacy

Thursday 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.

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Student Press Freedom 101

Tuesday Nov. 9 @ 8 p.m. ET

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.