On Feb. 26, people around the country joined the Student Press Law Center in celebrating Student Press Freedom Day 2021: Journalism Against the Odds. Weeks of events, new resources and community building activities culminated on that day with overwhelming nationwide support for a free student press.
This year, we relaunched our annual op-ed campaign calling for pieces on the importance of student press freedom. High school, college and professional journalists answered the call.
To take this year’s op-eds to the next level, SPLC hosted an op-ed bootcamp in early February led by veteran journalist Steven A. Holmes. You can watch it in full here. More than 200 student journalists registered, and many went on to work with coaches including professionals from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the Online News Association — who helped them craft and place their editorials.
Check out some of the op-eds below to see some of the incredible final products. Highlights include student op-eds like this one written by Pratika Katiyar; this editorial, in which the Western Kentucky Herald urges its university to stop suing them; panel discussions highlighting Student Press Freedom Day; and testimonials and declarations like Senator Kavanagh & Assemblywoman Lupardo reintroducing the Student Journalist Free Speech Act in New York.
Don’t see your op-ed on the list below?
Email Alexis Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SPFD editorial submission” and a link to your editorial. Op-eds must be focused on student press freedom and published within the last 30 days.
Editor’s Note: This list is in progress, we will continue to update it.
Local and National News Outlets
- 100 Days in Appalachia—Kelsey Golden, high school student (coached by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp)
- The 74—New York
- CNN.com—Rhamil Taguba, high school student (coached by Steven A. Holmes)
- Good Day LA Feature (FOX TV-Los Angeles)
- Index on Censorship—London
- The McDowell News—Marion, NC
- Montgomery News—Lillian Wu, high school student
- Newsweek—Sam Stroozas, college student (coached by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp)
- Poynter—Angela Yang, college student coached by Jane McDonnell)
- Redhead Blackbelt—Humboldt, CA
- Richmond Times—Pratika Katiyar, high school student (coached by Steven A. Holmes)
- Tap Into Mountainside—New Providence, New Jersey
- Tri States Public Radio—Macomb, IL
- The Wilson Times—Wilson, NC
- The Beacon—University of Portland, OR
- Cardinal Points—SUNY Plattsburgh, NY
- Coast Reporter—Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California
- College Heights Herald—Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Dixie Sun News—Dixie State University, St. George, UT
- The Guardsman—City College of San Francisco, CA
- Hawkview—La Quinta High School, La Quinta, California
- Kentucky Kernel—University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
- The Pearl Post—Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Los Angeles
- The Post—Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
- The PV Student Publication—Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, New Jersey
- The Rocky Mountain Collegian—Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
- The Scot Scoop—Carlmont High School, San Carlos, CA
- The Signal—University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX
- The Spectrum—University of Buffalo, NY
- The Stampede—Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois
- University Press—Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
- Wichita State Sunflower—Wichita, KS
- The Wright State Guardian—Wright State University, Dayton, OH
- Adriana Chevira of SoCal JEA on Twitter
- Atlanta Association of Black Journalist
- Freedom Forum Institute Column by Gene Policinski
- Intellectual Freedom Blog
- National Coalition Against Censorship Blog Post
- News Literacy Project President Alan Miller’s Column in Poynter
- Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press Instagram Takeover
- “Activating Youth in the Global Fight for Press Freedom”, PEN-America
- Student Media Panel, Iowa State University
SPF Day Testimonials and Declarations
- Student and advisor testimonials
- NY State Senator Brian Kavanaugh and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo