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It’s again time to apply for the First Amendment Press Freedom Award. All first round applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST Dec. 15.

In its 22nd year, the recognition is designed to identify and recognize high schools that actively support and protect First Amendment rights of their students and teachers. 

Schools will be recognized in April 2021 and will receive a plaque to display.

To be recognized as a First Amendment Press Freedom school, schools must successfully complete two rounds of questions about the degree of First Amendment Freedoms student journalists have and how the school recognizes and supports the First Amendment.

Entries will be evaluated by Quill and Scroll, National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association.

Round 1 consists of a student editor and adviser or administrator answering questions. 

In Round 2, semifinalists are asked to provide additional responses from the principal and advisers and at least two student editors. Semifinalists also will submit samples of the publications and their printed editorial policies.

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Taylor, MJE, Scholastic Press Rights director.

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