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Apply by Dec. 15 for national First Amendment recognition for student media and school


Schools, even if honored before with the First Amendment Press Freedom Award, must re-apply each year

If you feel your school actively supports and honors the First Amendment through its student media, consider submitting an entry for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award. The two round award looks at the entire student media program and school support. Digital and print newspaper, yearbook and student broadcast are considered part of student media.

Information and Round One submission forms for the First Amendment Press Freedom Award (formerly the Let Freedom Ring Award) are available at the link below.

Recognition focuses on press freedom. Round One questions must be completed by a student editor and an adviser or administrator filling out separate forms. Please read and respond carefully to Round One questions. Even if your school received FAPFA recognition before, you must reapply each year.

Additional information about the award, sponsored by Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll Society, is available from each organization.

Schools recognized this year will be honored at the opening ceremony of the 2023 JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco..

Apply here.

DEADLINE: Round One applications must be received by Dec. 15.

Those whose responses qualify them to go further in the competition will receive information about Round Two questionnaires in early 2023.