Student Press Freedom Day 2023

Event Date: 
February 23, 2023
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Join us for the fifth annual Student Press Freedom Day on Feb. 23, 2023, as student journalists across the United States raise awareness of the challenges they face, celebrate their contributions to their schools and communities, and take actions to protect and restore their First Amendment freedoms.

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) created Student Press Freedom Day to give student journalists a platform to advocate for press freedom in their communities. We support the advocates with our legal and policy expertise, by educating them on their rights, and through a grant program that aims to make hosting an event easy.

The theme for Student Press Freedom Day 2023 is "Bold Journalism & Brave Advocacy."

Participate in expert-led training workshops, an op-ed coaching program, student-led community forums, and a letter-writing party on behalf of New Voices. Or get creative and plan your own Student Press Freedom Day activities! Your involvement is what makes the day truly impactful.

  • "How to Be a Spokesperson for Student Press Freedom" Workshop
    Telling your personal story is a crucial skill for advocates. Join us on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT for this virtual workshop where you’ll learn advocacy techniques and practice sharing your story with your peers. SPLC advocacy and organizing director Hillary Davis will be leading the session. Register here.
  • Op-Ed Boot Camp
    A fan-favorite annual event, the virtual Op-Ed Boot Camp is the perfect opportunity for student journalists to take your op-ed writing and pitching skills to the next level! Tune in on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT where you’ll learn from Steve Holmes (formerly of the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN) and get tips from fellow students who have successfully placed op-eds in major media outlets. Register here.
  • Student Press Freedom 101: Watch the recording, with surprise guest Cathy Kuhlmeier of the landmark Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988) Supreme Court case.

The best way to stay in the loop about all the exciting ways to get involved this year is by signing up for Student Press Freedom Day email updates. You’ll get first access to event registration, talking points, a toolkit, and more!

The Society of Environmental Journalists is a partner for this event.


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