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2020-21 First Amendment Press Freedom Award

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This award is for high schools only. Schools previously named as First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners must reapply to be considered for this year's selection.

We encourage schools with student media policies categorizing those media as forums for student expression or open forums and those operating as forums by practice even if they do not have a policy stating such to enter.

First round questions for the
First Amendment Press Freedom Award

To apply, a school must submit two questionnaires – one from a student and one from a teacher. Round One applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central time/9:59 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 15.
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Types of journalistic publications at your school
1. Is there a published board of education policy establishing your student-run publications/media as forums for student expression?
2. If there is not a published board of education policy, are your student-run media outlets operated as public forums by practice?
3. Do students, who are encouraged to first consult with their adviser, then make all final content decisions for student media before publication or broadcast?
4. Has any school administrator or faculty member required student journalists or a publication adviser to submit content for prior review before publication? (Having a journalism teacher or media adviser read content during the coaching process is not considered prior review.)
5. Is there an expectation that student journalists or publication/media advisers will allow a school administrator to read stories or media content, especially those deemed controversial, before publication?
6. Have you allowed sources to read stories before publication in which their quotes appear? (It is OK to verbally check quotes with sources.)

If you answered "yes," please explain why and describe the situation.
7. During the past year, has an administrator or faculty member ever held your publication and not allowed its distribution?
8. Who has the final say in what advertisements are placed?
9. Has any student publication editor been dismissed or disciplined for publishing, attempting to publish or recommending a position on a topic?
10. Has the student media ever been told there are any "off-limits" topics that cannot be published or broadcast?
11. Has any adviser been dismissed or fired, or threatened with dismissal or firing, because of a topic the publication covered or proposed to cover?
12. Has the journalism program faced removal from the curriculum because of threats based on coverage or proposed coverage of any topic?