Write in for Student Press Freedom

Join the Write In for Student Press Freedom

February 24 @ 8p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

The best thing you can do to improve student press freedom in your state is to talk to people in charge. Join us on Student Press Freedom Day for a letter writing party, where you’ll connect directly with SPLC staff and fellow student journalists in the New Voices movement as you contact legislators and other decision makers about the student press freedom you want to see in your state. Whether you’re an experienced advocate or brand new to the movement, we want to see you there!

Student Press Freedom Day

This Write In is part of SPLC’s Student Press Freedom Day programming. Student Press Freedom Day (Feb. 24, 2022) is a national day of action when student journalists in the United States raise awareness of the challenges they face, celebrate their contributions to their schools and communities, and take actions to protect and restore their First Amendment freedoms.

Student journalists must be empowered to tell the stories most important to their communities, free from overt censorship, and able to withstand the pressures that lead to self-censorship. That’s why the theme for Student Press Freedom Day 2022 is ‘Unmute Yourself!’

Learn more about the day and take action for student press freedom:

New Voices

New Voices is a student-powered nonpartisan grassroots movement of state-based activists who seek to protect student press freedom with state laws. These laws counteract the impact of the 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court decision, which dramatically changed the balance of student press rights. New Voices supporters include advocates in law, education, journalism and civics who want schools and colleges to be more welcoming places for student voices.

For more information or to get involved, contact New Voices Advocacy and Organizing Director Hillary Davis at hdavis@splc.org. Along with your contact information (including city and state), please indicate if you’re a student, educator or other interested party.