Meet Sara Fajardo, Pratika Katiyar, Jack Rintoul and Cade Spencer: the 2022 Student Press Freedom Day Student Co-Chairs. These college journalists are leaders in their newsrooms, communities and local New Voices movements. They are the student voice of the SPFD planning committee. They are hard at work with the Student Press Law Center and partners planning and strategizing for Student Press Freedom Day 2022: Unmute Yourself!
Sara Fajardo (she/her) is from Berkeley Heights, NJ. She recently graduated from Governor Livingston High School, where she was the Editor in Chief and Social Media Manager of the newspaper, The Highlander. Throughout high school she was a student leader for the Garden State Scholastic Press Association and worked with the SPLC on NJ New Voices. She is currently studying Journalism and Spanish at the University of Florida and is a staff writer for Strike Magazine UF.
Pratika is a student at Northeastern University on a Dean’s scholarship majoring in Business Administration and Communication Studies. She is the former editor-in-chief of the student-run publication tjTODAY and has contributed to various other publications. Over the past few years, she has lobbied tirelessly to get New Voices legislation passed in her home state of Virginia and across the nation. For her work, she has been featured in several news outlets, including Teen Vogue, NBC Washington, and ABC 7.
Jack Rintoul is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Strategic Communications and Graphic Design. At college, Rintoul works for the University of Missouri School of Law as a communications intern assisting with their social media and other design and video needs. While in High School, Rintoul worked with the New Voices Missouri Campaign travelling to Jefferson City multiple times to cover the legislation and testify in support of the bill.
Cade Spencer is a student in the Georgetown University College Class of 2025. He plans to pursue a major in Government. In high school, he was a leader of New Voices Texas and a dedicated student journalist. In the Summer of 2020, Cade was an attendee of the SPLC New Voices Student Leaders Institute as well.