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Op-Ed Crash Course registration is closing soon! 

Last year, Student Press Freedom Day co-chair Pratika Katiyar placed her Student Press Freedom Day op-ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch. She did so with help from her op-ed coach, Steve Holmes – a veteran reporter and editor who’s worked at the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

Now's your chance to learn directly from Steve by attending the Op-Ed Crash Course next Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. You can also be paired with your very own coach! In this fun, free workshop, Steve will share tips and tricks about how to craft a compelling op-ed and get it published in local or national outlets. 

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Meet the facilitator: Steve Holmes

Steven A. Holmes, a veteran journalist with more than 40 years in the business, recently retired as Executive Director of Standards and Practices at CNN. He has also been national domestic policy editor at The Washington Post and reporter and editor at The New York Times where he was part of a team awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for reporting on race relations in America. He is the author of “Ron Brown: An Uncommon Life,” a biography of the former commerce secretary and Chairman of the Democratic Party who died while working in the Clinton Administration. He put himself through college by driving a New York City taxicab at night, and still insists that this was the second best job he’s ever had.

Volunteer opportunity: coach a student journalist


The theme of Student Press Freedom Day is "Unmute Yourself" and with your help, student journalists across the country will draft and place important op-eds focused on their experience of censorship, self-censorship and the need to promote and defend student press freedom.  

We're seeking professional journalists, opinion editors and journalism educators with experience writing and/or editing op-eds to volunteer as coaches for one or more students in the coming weeks. Your mentorship and guidance is appreciated and will be invaluable in helping student journalists write and place an op-ed about student press freedom in local, regional or national news outlets on or around Student Press Freedom Day (Feb. 24, 2022).
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