1 for All is a national nonpartisan program designed to build understanding and support for the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. 1 for All provides teaching materials and lesson plans at 1forall.us to help everyone learn more about their First Amendment rights.

1 For All First Amendment Challenge winners announced

Teachers from across the country took the First Amendment Challenge, and 1 For All has awarded $1,000 to 40 of them for their outstanding lesson plans and student projects. The teachers’ innovative efforts helped educate hundreds of students about the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

“It’s been so gratifying to see centuries-old freedoms be taught in new and creative ways,” said Ken Paulson, founder of 1 For All and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. “Freedom is what fuels our democracy, yet we take it for granted. We’re pleased to honor the teachers who engage a new generation with  thought-provoking lessons in liberty.”

The Challenge, administered by the American Society of News Editors, aimed to promote the teaching of First Amendment freedoms in secondary schools and honor teachers for their innovative efforts. To learn about the First Amendment, students completed creative and educational projects, including videos, posters, newspaper articles, editorials, raps, artwork and presentations, and some students even worked to support legislation that protects student press rights.

“All our entrants deserve acknowledgement of the fine work they are doing in their classrooms to ensure that all our students understand the freedoms that they have and how to exercise them,” said Teri Hayt, executive director of ASNE. “The First Amendment is first for a reason. Our founding fathers’ belief that everyone has the right to enjoy religious freedom, to speak freely, to report about their world, to peaceably protest and to petition the government was an essential building block for a democratic society.”

The Challenge was funded by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors’ Youth Journalism Initiative. The Journalism Education Association endorsed the Challenge.

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25 students win $1,000 scholarships in #PictureFreedom contest

Twenty-five students will receive $1,000 scholarships for sharing original photos and artwork on social media as part of 1 for All’s Picture Freedom contest. The weeklong scholarship contest celebrated the five freedoms of the First Amendment, speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

“It was truly gratifying to see the range of ways students pictured the five freedoms of the First Amendment,” said Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University and founder of 1 for All. “This competition was a vibrant reminder of how free expression fuels creativity.”

The contest was organized by 1 for All, the American Society of News Editors, the Journalism Education Association, and the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, with funding provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The judges, all members of the Journalism Education Association, were quite amazed with the creativity of the Picture Freedom submissions, for sure,” said Mark Newton, president of JEA. “More importantly, the judges were impressed with the strong messages of freedom in the submissions. When young adults use their First Amendment freedoms to articulate those very same five freedoms with a creative social media voice, those freedoms rumble and those young adults are empowered.”

The winning students were selected from hundreds of entries based on originality, creativity and clarity in conveying the theme of freedom. Students posted original photos and artwork using the hashtag #PictureFreedom to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from Feb. 22 to 28.

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