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Sample Posts:

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Journalism education teaches students how to ask hard questions, discern truth and to value facts. These are qualities that shape informed citizens. Censorship is detrimental to forming an informed society. Feb. 24, we’re fighting back. https://studentpressfreedom.org/

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Educators are sometimes fired for standing up for their student’s right to publish when administrators wish to censor their student’s stories. Student journalists and advisers can be protected through advocacy for Student Press Freedom. https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/ 

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Student-run media outlets and student journalists often fill the gaps left behind by diminishing or dying local news media in news deserts, all while juggling school work. Through advocacy for student press freedom, you can help support our storytellers. https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/ 

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🧵Self-censorship occurs when student journalists choose not to pursue a story out of fear that their story will not be allowed to be published, or they will experience retaliation from administrators or those who hold a form of power over them. 1/3

Many of the students who share their stories of self-censorship with @SPLC indicate that they didn’t know they were engaged in self-censorship at the time. Their stories are often about poor administrator conduct, malfeasance, or controversial social issues. 2/3

When you advocate for student press freedom, you send an important message to student journalists— that their voices matter, their stories are important and that they deserve protection. Here’s 10 ways you can start today. 3/3 https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/  

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Student journalists must be empowered to tell important stories in their communities. We’re proud to partner with @SPLC for #StudentPressFreedom Day 2022. https://bit.ly/3aqAUo9

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Are you ready to “Unmute Yourself”? We’ll be updating you on activities leading up to #StudentPressFreedom Day (Feb. 24th), and ways you can take action to support student journalists. Stay tuned and learn more: https://bit.ly/3aqAUo9 

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The theme of #StudentPressFreedom Day 2022 (Feb. 24th) is “Unmute Yourself!” Join us in recognizing & rejecting self-censorship! https://bit.ly/3GgcFaA

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Have you ever been too intimidated to pursue a story you thought was important? Have you ever been outright censored? Tell @SPLC about your experiences. https://bit.ly/3CmgfhW

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Planning to host an event for Student Press Freedom Day? @SPLC is offering small grants up to $300. Apply now: https://bit.ly/3rFXtzF

Instagram Posts

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Since the US Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlemeier, public school administrators have abused the broad standard established in the case that allows schools to censor student work for just about any reason, including stories that make the school “look bad”.

When you advocate for Student Press Freedom, you help student journalists become protected from retaliation. They are able to pursue and truthfully publish stories that are important to them without fear of reprisal.

(Use this link: https://studentpressfreedom.org/ )

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Student Press Freedom Day 2022 is almost here! The theme this year is “Unmute Yourself!” to acknowledge the pressures student journalists face to self-censor, and the importance of pushing back.  

Mark your calendar for Feb. 24th and visit the link in our bio to learn more!

(Use this link: https://bit.ly/3aqAUo9)

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Photojournalists: Have you taken great photos of your staff in action? Want to win $100? Enter the @studentpresslawcenter Unmute Yourself! Photo Contest. Link in bio.

(Use this link: https://bit.ly/3ELaP0u)

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Signal boost: @studentpresslawcenter is offering small grants up to $300 to groups planning Student Press Freedom Day events. Link in bio for how to apply.

(Use this link: https://bit.ly/3rFXtzF)

Facebook Posts

Self-censorship occurs when student journalists choose not to pursue a story out of fear that their story will not be allowed to be published, or they will experience retaliation from administrators or those who hold a form of power over them. Here’s how you can stop this: https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/ 

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Student journalists understand and can identify issues that their older colleagues might miss. They speak their readers’ language and provide a trusted forum for young voices to share their concerns and have their questions answered. They can only do this when their right to publish is protected, and you can help make that happen. https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/ 

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Student journalists have led efforts to expand and codify press freedom protections at high schools, colleges and universities through the grassroots, non-partisan New Voices movement. Your support for student press freedom will help ensure their voices are heard. https://studentpressfreedom.org/10-things-you-can-do-for-student-press-freedom/ 

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Journalism education teaches students how to ask hard questions, discern truth and to value facts. These are qualities that shape informed citizens. Censorship is detrimental to forming an informed society. Feb. 24, we’re fighting back. https://studentpressfreedom.org/

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Student journalists are not the only ones to self-censor. After more than 3 decades of Hazelwood, advisers may knowingly or unknowingly dissuade student journalists from reporting stories that would be controversial. They must also be protected from retribution. https://studentpressfreedom.org/

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Student journalists must be empowered to tell important stories in their communities. We’re proud to partner with the Student Press Law Center for Student Press Freedom Day 2022. Join the movement! https://bit.ly/3aqAUo9

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Student Press Freedom Day 2022 is almost here! The theme this year is “Unmute Yourself!” to acknowledge the pressures student journalists face to self-censor, and the importance of pushing back.  

Mark your calendar for Feb. 24th and visit StudentPressFreedom.org to learn more.

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I’m taking action for Student Press Freedom Day, which culminates on Feb. 24. Join me in supporting student journalists: https://bit.ly/3tolqcX

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Have your student journalists taken great photos of their staff in action? Encourage them to enter the “Unmute Yourself!” Photo Contest. Winners receive $100! https://bit.ly/3ELaP0u

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Advisers, we need your help reaching students! Can you share our Student Press Freedom Day self-censorship survey with your class? https://bit.ly/3CmgfhW

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Are your students hosting an event for Student Press Freedom Day? The Student Press Law Center is offering small grants and may be able to help you cover the cost. Apply now: https://bit.ly/3rFXtzF

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