April 29, 2010 / News

New “45words” campaign promotes First Amendment awareness

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission (SPRC) recently started a new national campaign to raise awareness about press rights for students called “45words.”

Named after the well-known, commonly repeated 45 words that make up the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which covers freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the “45words” campaign is being run by students on the SPRC’s new Scholastic Press Student Partners group.

The new SPRC student group will be active with campaign updates and information across their Twitter feed and their own Facebook group, with the goal of engaging publication students in dialogue about student press rights and the First Amendment.

Topical information about student press rights can also be found at the SPRC website.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.