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First Amendment Press Freedom Award

If you feel your school actively supports and honors the First Amendment through its student media, consider submitting an entry for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award.

Information and Round One submission forms for the First Amendment Press Freedom Award (formerly the Let Freedom Ring Award), are available at the link below.

The award focuses on press freedom. Round One questions must be completed by a student editor and an adviser or administrator filling out separate forms. Please read and respond carefully to Round One questions. Even if your school has received FAPFA recognition before, you must reapply each year.

Additional information about the award, sponsored by Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll Society, is available from each organization.

Those schools receiving the award will be honored at the spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

Application and deadline

The Round One application for the First Amendment Press Freedom Award can be found here.

DEADLINE: Round One applications must be received by Dec. 15.

Those whose responses qualify them to go further in the competition will receive information about Round Two questionnaires early the following year.

Past recipients

2014

  • Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco
  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Kirkwood (Mo.) High School
  • Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) High School
  • North Central High School, Indianapolis
  • Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, N.Y.

2013

  • Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Kirkwood (Mo.) High School
  • Lafayette High School, Wildwood, Mo

2012

  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Johnston (Iowa) High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Kirkwood (Mo.) High School
  • Orange Glen High School, Escondido, Calif.

2011

  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Kirkwood (Mo.) High School
  • Palo Alto (Calif.) High School

2010

  • Annandale High School, Annandale, Va.
  • La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.