Students: Work With SPLC and New Voices This Summer!

Are you a current or rising college student interested in stepping up your New Voices advocacy by working behind the scenes with the Student Press Law Center? SPLC is now accepting applications for the 2021 Nick Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program!

Established in 2019, the Nick Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program is a paid, ten-week internship enabling students to work with SPLC in support of New Voices advocates. This includes serving as a grassroots peer advocate and trainer, developing research and materials, providing policy analysis and deep dives into the state legislature, and brainstorming New Voices strategy for the coming year. The 2021 Fellow will work full-time remotely, but in close contact with SPLC staff, New Voices advocates, and key legislators.

The Ferentinos New Voices Fellows Program is named for Nicholas Ferentinos, a renowned journalism adviser who died in 2016. Ferentinos taught English and speech at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. from 1965 to 2000 and was faculty adviser for The Epitaph from 1976 to 1994. The Epitaph was the 1988 recipient of the SPLC’s Courage in Student Journalism Award, in recognition of the paper’s tenacity in telling the story of an HIV-positive student despite efforts by the principal to quash the story in the immediate wake of the Hazelwood decision. The program was established in 2019 thanks to the Sandler Foundation, to enable students to work as grassroots peer organizers and trainers and help the New Voices movement grow and gain momentum.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received no later than May 10

Learn more and apply


Check out New Voices in Ms. Magazine online!

Student journalist Sadie Brogard writes about the fight to bring New Voices to Kentucky, in a series edited by New Voices New York’s Katina Paron.

Report from the states 

Missouri - HB 480 was approved by the House Elementary and Secondary Education committee on April 27. The Senate companion, SB 434, was approved by the Progress and Development Committee in March. It is currently on the Senate Informal Calendar, and can be called up for a floor vote at any time.

Nebraska - LB 88 faced its second filibuster in two years in April. Thanks to the diligent work of advocates, the legislation made it through the first round of filibuster-breaking votes - a threshold it did not clear last year. Unfortunately, the bill ultimately came three votes short of progressing to the final round of voting and will return to the legislature again next year.

New Jersey - A169 almost immediately after advocates held a student-led Zoom discussion on Student Press Freedom Day, the Assembly Education committee held its first-ever hearing on New Voices. The committee unanimously approved A169 for passage, and advocates are working hard to bring the legislation to a floor vote soon. The Senate version unanimously passed the Senate in January. 

Thank your legislators!

If your session is over, take a moment to thank any legislator who sponsored, voted for, or talked with you about New Voices this year. Even if your legislation didn’t get so much as a hearing this year, these personal notes can pay dividends in the future.

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Forward it to anyone you know who is interested in New Voices, and ask them to sign up themselves here.

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