FIRE is pleased to announce that Joanna Brenner has joined us as our new Program Associate for FIRE’s Public Awareness Project.
Joanna is a 2009 graduate of James Madison University, where she majored in Media Arts and Design with a minor in Creative Writing and served as Editor in Chief of the student yearbook The Bluestone. She has also interned and freelanced for The Washington Times and The Baltimore Sun, and last fall was a journalism intern and feature writer at the Student Press Law Center, one of FIRE’s frequent partners in defending student rights. It was at SPLC that Joanna’s passion for protecting students’ First Amendment rights blossomed—and where she was introduced to FIRE’s efforts (including at her alma mater).
As our newest Program Associate, Joanna will be responsible for much of the maintenance of our website and our blog, and will be instrumental in the design and editing of our many annual publications. Joanna will be a frequent contributor to The Torch as well. I speak for all of us here when I say that I’m glad Joanna’s love of journalism and bottomless belief in the virtues of free speech have found a home at FIRE. We are lucky to have her.