We hope you're as excited as we are for Student Press Freedom Day next Wednesday, Jan. 29. This year's theme is "This is what student press freedom looks like."

If you're still looking for ways to get involved, here are some ideas:

Write an op-ed 

Last year, nearly 70 student newsrooms wrote editorials on the importance of student press freedom. This year, we want to hear from YOU! Email the link to Danielle at with the subject line “SPFD editorial submission” or tweet it at us using #studentpressfreedom.

Attend or stream SPLC's event at the National Archives in D.C.

A “New Visions of the Future of Press Freedom” panel will bring together high school and college journalists to envision the future of a free press and to examine current challenges to student press freedom.

The event is free and open to the public, but if you're in the Washington, D.C. metro area, we encourage you to reserve your seat. The panel starts at noon at the National Archives McGowan Theater. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube.
Event details

Host your own event

Events are being held all over the country (14 schools in ten states are recipients of Student Press Freedom small grants to help create fun events). We've heard that folks are planning trivia contents, panel discussions, information tables and printing special t-shirts. Find a hook and hold an event to raise awareness about the need to support student press freedom!

If you host an event, email Diana at with a quick description of your plans and any relevant links. We'd love to give you a shoutout! 
More about events

~ Get creative ~

Make a newsroom vlog during deadline night, create a special podcast episode about the state of student press freedom in your school or state, share photos and stories you're most proud of, make t-shirts, invite a state legislator into your classroom or newsroom.

Have fun with it! We know many of the best ideas will come from you. 

Post on social media (don't forget the hashtag)

Tell your followers why student press freedom is important and why they should care! Post photos, videos and articles you're proud of, or share your stories of censorship and self-censorship. We'll be checking the hashtag and RTing, liking and sharing some of your posts with our own followers. 

Q: Are school officials allowed to search for and look at my personal (non-school-affiliated) social media accounts without my permission?

Yes. Once you post something online it’s pretty much fair game for anyone (school officials, current or potential employers, law enforcement officials) to dig up and review in whatever way your social media platform’s privacy settings allow. No search warrants or other special permission is required. Of course, simply looking at your social media postings is one thing (allowed); punishing you for that content is a whole other (big and complicated) can of worms that courts and lawmakers continue to struggle with.

See previous Ask SPLC answers

Intern at SPLC!

We are seeking one journalism intern and one legal intern for summer 2020. The internship runs 10 weeks, from May 27 to Aug. 5. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.
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