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Announcing FIRE’s Free Press Workshop for student journalists

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FIRE’s Student Press Freedom Initiative is excited to bring back our Free Press Workshop for its second year, this time on June 17, 2023, in Philadelphia.

This one-day workshop brings together student journalists from across the country to connect with each other and learn about the First Amendment, media law, and how to defend a free and independent student press. 

In addition to a keynote speaker, whom we will announce soon, the workshop will feature breakout sessions where students will learn practical skills to help with their reporting. For example, breakout topics last year included navigating FERPA as a student journalist, using public records, and interviewing tough sources. There will also be opportunities for attendees to build relationships with student reporters from across the country.

The Free Press Workshop is free for students to attend with meals provided, and FIRE offers a travel reimbursement of up to $350 for all attendees. Coming from farther away? In order to make the conference as accessible as possible, FIRE will offer an additional travel scholarship to those who have larger travel costs. 

Space is limited, and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis, so apply today!

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