The last several months have been uniquely challenging for student journalists, but they've presented us with an opportunity to completely change the conversation around the stories students are trying to tell and the ways in which censorship impacts your entire communities. COVID-19 brought new challenges, an increasing focus on the importance of student media and, unfortunately, a whole new swath of subjective and dangerous censorship. We want to take these stories to your legislators.
SPLC has put together a COVID-19 Journalism Survey and we need your help in getting it out to students and advisers across your state. This is going to be an IMPORTANT part of our New Voices work throughout 2021, so getting this out to as many student journalists as possible is key. Please begin distributing this survey to your staff and friends, through your social media networks, to any outreach lists you have put together, and to any advisers and student media programs across your state as soon as possible.
This survey is intended to capture information about the scope of COVID-19 censorship, whether or not students yet realize they have been censored. Any student or adviser may fill it out, and their contact information will be kept confidential unless the student or adviser consents to its release.
We are collecting responses from this survey through January 31 in the hopes of using them both in conversation with legislators and to spark a nationwide conversation about student journalism and student media censorship. Please reach out to your networks more than once this month. Remember that the more responses from your state, the stronger the argument we can make in support of student press freedom. Your legislators have no idea what you've been through this year, and we cannot let them ignore it.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks so much for your help on this.