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Student Press Freedom Day 2021 is just around the corner (Feb. 26th) and we’ve got lots of exciting events in the coming days. We hope you'll join us!


Host or Join a Screening of the Documentary Raise Your Voice

For three days, from February 25-27, production company GoodDocs and Maribeth Romslo, the documentary filmmaker behind Raise Your Voice, will be generously making her film available for streaming by the student press community, in honor of Student Press Freedom Day. The film follows the student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they navigate their school mass shooting as both survivors and journalists. The documentary explores youth free speech history in America, connecting the Parkland students to a broader story about young voices and their power through social movements. 

Every person who wants to watch the movie must register here:

Register for the film
You'll receive a link on Thursday, Feb. 25 and can stream the film anytime that Thursday, Friday or Saturday. We encourage you to host a group screening with your newsroom staff, friends or classmates and chat on your preferred platform (like Slack or Discord). 

Or, join the Student Press Law Center team as we watch the film during our staff lunch on Friday, Feb. 26th at 12:30 p.m. We'll be hosting a live chat on Slack and we'd love to see you there! Make sure to register for the film first, then sign up to join our Slack workspace here

Don’t Miss the Student Journalism Forum
Feb. 25, 8 p.m. ET

Come join the Student Press Freedom Forum to talk with fellow student journalists from across the country, student-to-student, about the best parts of being a student journalists and the challenges you face. Moderated by a fellow student journalist, this event will be a great opportunity to build community with like-minded people from across the country, share your challenges and successes and find inspiration moving forward. 

Register for the forum

Other Great Ways to Get Involved:

  • Be creative! Plan an event or create content for Student Press Freedom Day and be sure to tell us about it.
  • Check out our newly released white paper, Student Journalists in 2020: Journalism Against the Odds, and use it to write about Student Press Freedom Day in your paper.
  • Spread the word on social media: Visit StudentPressFreedom.org and check out our toolkit with talking points, sample social media posts, and more. 
    • Share a personal video testimonial responding to this question: “How did you show up for student journalism over the past year, and what were the odds you were fighting against?” 
    • Use #StudentPressFreedom and we’ll amplify your videos, op-eds, and other content
  • Write an op-ed in support of student press freedom and place it in your local newspaper. We’ve got all the tools you need to turn your ideas into a publication-ready piece.
  • Share these 21 Excellent Stories of Student Journalism Against the Odds to lift up the amazing work student journalists can do when their First Amendment rights are protected.

Here are some sample social posts you can use to spread the word: 

 
These 21 incredible stories by student journalists stand as proof of the powerful public good that comes from protecting #StudentPressFreedom. https://bit.ly/3k5lF8D 


Join student journalists across the country for a town hall conversation Thursday Feb. 25 @ 8pm ET about what #StudentPressFreedom means to you, what you overcame this past year & how we can strengthen student press freedom moving forward. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3aOoVRF
 

Student journalists, like professional journalists, provide an essential service and should be fully supported as they deliver vital news on issues of concern to the public. Join the movement this #StudentPressFreedom Day 2021. https://bit.ly/3aqAUo9 

 

More sample posts

Pair these images with your posts:

You'll find options sized for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more. Download and use these images in your social media posts, emails, website and op-eds about Student Press Freedom Day. 
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