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It’s coming! Student Press Freedom Day is February 24, 2022 – What are YOU going to do to celebrate? 

Theme: Unmute Yourself!

What is Student Press Freedom Day?

Student Press Freedom Day is a national day of action when we celebrate the contributions of student journalists and the need to support their independence without censorship or threat to their advisers. We call attention to the arbitrary and needless censorship of student journalists, and call upon elected officials to restore and protect student press freedom.

Student Press Freedom Day Grants

The Student Press Law Center has established grants of up to $300 to help you hold public events or campaigns on or around Student Press Freedom Day.

What does this look like to you? You may need coordinated t-shirts, stickers, or equipment rental for a rally or news conference, or stationary and stamps for a coordinated letter writing campaign. Maybe you need a way to display samples of your work in a public place, or offer snacks to attendees at a COVID-conscious public talk. Use your imagination, and let us help you make it a reality! The only criteria is that it must be a public event or campaign that can be used to raise awareness about student press freedom.

Note: Funds cannot be used primarily to promote or advocate for specific New Voices legislation, although you can discuss it as part of your program. 

What we’ll need from you is some sort of public presence – pictures, news clippings, a write up, etc. – for us to share on Student Press Freedom Day or as close as possible thereafter. After the event, we’ll also need you to fill out this report and send us all your receipts, so you can be reimbursed.

Important Things to Know:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis while funding lasts, but applications must be submitted no later than December 12, 11:59 PM. Applications will be reviewed and you will receive a response within three business days from submission. Reports and receipts must be submitted electronically to by March 4, 2022.

Questions? Email us at Get creative, and Unmute Yourself!

To Apply

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