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.

 Click here for more information on the winners.

Building Awareness of the First Amendment

Are you willing to take the 1 for All First Amendment Challenge? We’re looking to honor innovative ways of teaching the First Amendment. The top 40 teachers or teacher groups will be awarded $1,000 for their efforts. The top 40 schools hosting school-wide events will receive plaques and be recognized as First Amendment Schools.

Students are encouraged to show support for their teachers and their school and highlight their own work in various ways:

  • Students whose teachers submit their First Amendment projects may have their work recognized on the 1 for All website, Facebook page and other social media.
  • All students can participate by using the hashtag #1forAllus for First Amendment projects on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

For ideas, activities and sample lesson plans, click here. Obtain an official entry form by clicking here. For more details, see “Official Contest Rules.”

The 1 for All First Amendment Challenge is 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 has endorsed the 1 for All First Amendment Challenge.

1 for All is a national nonpartisan program designed to build understanding and support for First Amendment freedoms. 1 for All provides teaching materials to the nation’s schools, supports educational events on America’s campuses and reminds the public that the First Amendment serves everyone, regardless of faith, race, gender or political leanings. It is truly one amendment for all.