Introducing the 2017-18 Fellows

[su_header_text]Meet The 2017-18 Fellows[/su_header_text]

We are proud to announce our second annual class of Active Voice fellowship recipients. Active Voice is designed both to help diversify the field of First Amendment advocacy and to build a support system for high-school journalists struggling to exercise their free-press rights.

Each fellow will design and implement a project of her own choosing, with help from mentors from the legal and communications fields, aimed at advancing the welfare of students who face adversity in speaking about issues of public concern.

The Student Press Law Center launched the program, tailored specifically to address the “gendering” of censorship in high schools, after a study by University of Kansas researchers documented that young women experience direct school censorship and self-imposed “anticipatory” censorship at rates markedly higher than male students.

The SPLC is seeking sponsors for fellowship positions this year and into the future.

[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Jamie Crockett Photo[su_header_text]Jamie Crockett[/su_header_text]

Jamie is a second year M.A. student at the University of Missouri Columbia pursuing degrees in strategic communications and nonprofit and public management. She received her undergraduate degree in strategic communications also at the University of Missouri. Before graduate school she was the deputy director of communications for the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.[/su_column]

[su_column size=”1/2″]Melissa Gomez Photo[su_header_text]Melissa Gomez[/su_header_text]Melissa is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in journalism. She is the managing print editor of the Independent Florida Alligator and has interned at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Naples Daily News. She is fluent in Spanish.[/su_column][/su_row]

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[su_column size=”1/2″]Paula Pecorella Photo[su_header_text]Paula Pecorella[/su_header_text]Paula is a senior at Stony Brook University majoring in journalism and political science. She works as a staff writer for the student newspaper The Statesman and is a journalism/content developer at Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has interned at CBS New York and received a Global Integrated Communications and Journalism Fellowship for Semester at Sea in the spring of 2016, stopping in ten countries and Hawaii.[/su_column][/su_row]

[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″][su_header_text]Savannah Robinson[/su_header_text]Savannah is a junior at the University of Southern California majoring in journalism. She is a correspondent for Annenberg Media’s international desk, a research assistant for USC’s Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives and a podcast producer for Annenberg Media’s The Buzz. She previously was a correspondent for The Buzz and interned at Youth Radio.[/su_column]

[su_column size=”1/2″][su_header_text]Naba Siddiq[/su_header_text]Naba is a sophomore majoring in public relations at Texas Tech University. She is the athletics section editor for the La Ventana yearbook and was the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. A high school censorship experience introduced her to the SPLC and she has launched Texas’ New Voices campaign.[/su_column][/su_row]