The Student Press Freedom Day Op-Ed Crash Course is around the corner!

January 13, 2022 8:00 P.M. Eastern time zone

Author & Veteran CNN & New York Times Journalist Steven A. Holmes will give you all the tips and insight you need to know about how to craft and place a compelling op-ed. Participants will be matched, upon request, with a professional journalist to support them as they craft an op-ed related to student press freedom for a professional daily (or national!) newspaper.
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Also, check out our other upcoming Student Press Freedom Day events on our website
The Classic Editors-in-Chief Jasmine Palma, Ryan Eng and Julia Maciejak.
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NYC student journalists out "sex teacher" and call for student press freedom for all

A few weeks ago, student journalists at Townsend-Harris High School in Queens, New York were credited with helping remove a teacher that the NYC Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools said “threatens the wellbeing” of students.

Their school has a 'free press' charter which prohibits their administration from censoring student journalists. Without that firm acknowledgment of student press freedom, this story may not have been published. Today, the students are calling for the DOE in New York City to implement a similar charter in all schools. 

Their editorial reads: "By prohibiting censorship, the DOE can ensure student newspapers have the right to expose serious issues and ensure safer school environments for current students and future generations."
Read their editorial

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