SPLC Seeking Student Press Freedom Day Student Co-Chairs 

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The Student Press Law Center is searching for a new cohort of Student Co-Chairs to take a leadership role starting this fall in planning and executing Student Press Freedom Day 2023, which is scheduled for February 23. This opportunity is an excellent chance to hone your leadership skills and your creativity, get paid for using your voice to promote press freedom, and work closely with professionals who are excited to partner with you, share our wisdom, and learn from you as well. Student Press Freedom Day is the culmination of weeks of events, trainings, new resources and community-building activities to celebrate student journalists and develop nationwide support for a free student press. Learn more here

The Student Co-Chairs work directly with SPLC’s core planning team to help shape the Day and ensure it is a successful engagement opportunity for student journalists across the country. In addition to lending ideas and a student perspective during the planning process, each co-chair will develop their own project leading up to the Day. Co-Chairs will have guidance and support from mentors on staff to design these projects based on their own interests and experience. Co-Chairs will also support SPLC staff in reaching out to organizational partners, campus communities, and the media; helping us ensure our trainings are as effective as possible; drafting email campaigns and social media posts; and creating forms and training materials for events and tracking event RSVP’s.

Co-Chairs are the student representatives of Student Press Freedom Day, and will be asked to speak on behalf of the Day during events, through digital communications, and with traditional media outlets. SPLC will provide training and coaching along the way. 

This paid position is an excellent opportunity to work with seasoned staff of a national non-profit organization, learn about event planning and public policy advocacy, form bonds with other student journalists who are passionate about this issue, and have a lot of fun along the way!

About the Student Press Law Center:

The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is an independent, nonpartisan 501c(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., which works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to promote, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists at the high school and college level. Founded in 1974, the Student Press Law Center has a free legal hotline that serves thousands of student journalists and advisers across the United States. Thanks to a solid endowment, growing foundation support and generous individual donors, we also engage in training, advocacy and outreach to empower student journalists, promote the value of journalism education and spotlight the need to ensure legal protections for student press freedom through the New Voices movement. As an organization, we embrace change and encourage innovation while building a dynamic and creative workplace. For more information on SPLC’s mission, history and vision, visit SPLC.org. 

Must Have Qualifications:

  • Passion for student press freedom
  • Excellent writing ability
  • Able to multitask
  • Desire to learn and grow as a leader
  • Must be very organized
  • Must be enrolled at a college or university at the start of the program (December graduates are welcome to apply)
  • Ability to participate in a semi-regular meeting (we will work to accommodate your schedule)
  • Interest in public speaking and representational role

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Event planning experience
  • Aptitude for using social media to engage diverse audiences
  • Success in working as a member of a team

Compensation:

Stipend of $3,000 for approximately 18 weeks.

Duration:

Co-Chairs are expected to work approximately 10 hours a week. Some weeks (including the week of Student Press Freedom Day) will require additional hours.

The position runs from approximately Nov. 1-March 10, with two breaks:

  • Three days off for Thanksgiving
  • A week off between Dec. 24 and New Years

We also understand that applicants are students first, and we offer flexible hours around finals.

Location:

This is a remote job. SPLC’s office is based in Washington D.C. 

To Apply:

Please send a detailed cover letter indicating your interest in this position and a resume explaining your relevant experience and qualifications. Please include two references and writing samples (online links to your work are fine). Resumes without a cover letter and writing samples will not be considered. Your entire application must be consolidated into a single PDF.

Please send the PDF of all your materials to Dan Furmansky at danfurmansky@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, but we strongly encourage interested individuals to submit their applications as soon as possible. Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis.


The Student Press Law Center strives to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. We actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. As an EOE/AA employer, the Student Press Law Center will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.