The award recognizes Hiestand's career of advocacy on behalf of student journalists and his nationwide free-speech awareness campaign, the "Tinker Tour"
College journalism professor Steve Listopad is the 2015 winner of the Hefner Foundation's award for outstanding contributions to the First Amendment by an educator. Listopad worked with six of his students at the University of Jamestown on crafting what became North Dakota's John Wall New Voices Act, one of the strongest laws in the country protecting student journalists and advisers.
Mary Beth Tinker and Mike Hiestand's magical journey across America is winning national recognition for igniting a much-needed dialogue about the importance of protecting students against censorship.Launched on Constitution Day 2013, the Tinker Tour is a nationwide First Amendment awareness campaign bringing the landmark student-speech case, Tinker v.
Exciting news today for Mary Beth Tinker and Mike Hiestand, who are among the recipients of this year's Hugh M.
For 10 weeks last fall, Mary Beth Tinker and Mike Hiestand traveled the country in an RV, talking with students about free speech. They found an audience of teens “hungry for support and encouragement.”
"Inspiring." "Powerful." "Life changing." That's what young people across America had to say when Mary Beth Tinker's magical freedom bus came through their towns.There was understandable skepticism when Mary Beth and her attorney "copilot," Mike Hiestand, announced plans for a nationwide tour to reignite young people's passion for the First Amendment.
On my third day on the job at the Student Press Law Center, I got a phone call from Mary Beth Tinker.
We have many miles to go before America is a safe place for kids to talk about what's on their minds.