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Dear Friend,

Against so many odds, student journalists across the country have done spectacularly impressive work this year. They have played an essential role in shining a spotlight on critically important stories, from the challenges of reimagined learning to educating youth on how to exercise their voting rights to uncovering racial injustice in their communities and demanding public health transparency. 

Now, it’s our chance to celebrate the contributions of student journalists and highlight the need to support an independent press that can tell these stories without censorship, or threat to their advisers. 

– Save the Date – 
 

Student Press Freedom Day:
Journalism Against the Odds
Feb. 26, 2021

 
Stay tuned to this newsletter and SPLC's social media accounts for updates on planned activities and how to participate in the day. 
We are very excited about this national day of action and need your help in spreading the word regarding an immediate opportunity:


Op-Ed Writing Boot Camp 

Feb. 4th, 8:00 PM ET

Student Press Law Center is offering a free training, led by veteran CNN & New York Times Journalist Steven A. Holmes, on how to craft a superb op-ed for Student Press Freedom Day and get it placed in a major news outlet. 

Participants will be asked to craft their own op-ed, and they will be matched, upon request, with a professional advisor to support them as they craft an op-ed for a local daily (or national!) newspaper in support of student press freedom. 
RSVP now
Please share this opportunity with your networks!

Sample tweet: 
🚨Student Press🚨 Our Feb. 4 "Op-Ed Boot Camp" is a free training & mentorship opportunity led by veteran CNN & New York Times journalist Steven A. Holmes. Come learn how to write & place an op-ed in a daily paper in support of #StudentPressFreedom. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3qHqGpY

Sample post: 
Calling all student journalists: Student Press Freedom Day (Feb. 26) is just a few weeks away, and our movement is seeking op-eds in news outlets everywhere calling for #StudentPressFreedom. Please join us!
 
"Op-Ed Boot Camp" is a free training at 8pm on Feb. 4th, led by veteran CNN & New York Times Journalist Steven A. Holmes, with an opportunity to be matched with a professional advisor as you craft and place your own op-ed for Student Press Freedom Day.
 
Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3qHqGpY
Thanks for helping us spread the word. We’ll have more information next week about Student Press Freedom Day, including a link to our website, information on our student journalist roundtable, and notes on other ways to participate. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Student Press Freedom Day, please email studentpressfreedomday@splc.org

With appreciation,
Hadar Harris
SPLC Executive Director

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