High School Students: Learn How to Make Your Voices Heard Through Journalism

Join NEFAC, Student Press Law Center for Massachusetts Civics Week Discussion on Thursday

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org

The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Student Press Law Center will present a discussion on journalism as part of the third annual Massachusetts Civic Learning Week.

The state-wide celebration begins today and is organized by the Massachusetts Civics Learning Coalition in partnership with students, teachers and other community organizations from across the Commonwealth.

The week’s more than 30 events are free to attend and open to the general public. Students from all states are welcome to attend.

Making Your Voice Heard

Through Journalism

March 9 | 10 a.m. ET

Our event will focus on how students can use journalism practices to amplify their voices and the experiences of others. Students will learn the danger of news deserts and how they can help fill the void being left in local news coverage. Professional and student journalists will share with attendees strategies that can be used to shine a light on what matters most to them in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Students will receive practical advice on how to begin reporting newsworthy events in their lives through traditional school publications, social media platforms and other channels.

Featured Speakers

Hillary Davis | Davis joined the Student Press Law Center in 2019, after lobbying state legislators with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. She has advocated for and alongside youth on issues of student’s rights, the First Amendment, racial profiling, and criminal and juvenile justice.

Jenifer B. McKim | McKim is the deputy investigative editor at the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting. She is a multimedia, trilingual reporter who focuses on social justice issues, including criminal justice, child welfare, human trafficking, and housing.

Genevieve Morrison | Morrison is a third year reporter and co-editor-in-chief for Wayland Student Press Network at Wayland (Mass.) High School. She plays field hockey and is a co-captain of the softball team and is also secretary of her class’s executive board.

Emily Roberge | Roberge is a third year reporter and co-editor-in-chief of the Wayland Student Press Network at Wayland (Mass.) High School. She plays for the high school’s field hockey team and is a co-captain for the high school’s alpine skiing team.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Leadership Circle donors include the Rhode Island Foundation, Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, and the Robertson Foundation. Major Supporters include Boston University, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry, the Champa Charitable Foundation Fund, Connecticut Public and GBH-Boston.