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Global Press Freedom Advocacy Institute

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As part of the 2022 World Press Freedom Day global advocacy campaign, PEN America and the Student Press Law Center will be hosting the first-ever Global Press Freedom Advocacy Institute over the course of six online weekly evening workshops. This new and exciting opportunity was inspired by the internationally-recognized day established in 1993 by the United Nations. The program is designed to celebrate the work of student journalists at home and abroad, equipping them with the essential knowledge and tools to fight for the fundamental human right to information. This one-of-a-kind certification program will draw upon experts and advocates from across both organizations’ networks to bring students together for captivating panels, workshops, and group discussions to support student press freedom advocacy at the local, national, and global levels.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 5 – May 10, 2022
Time: 6:15pm–8:30pm ET
Cost: $500

Financial aid available


Bonus Session

World Press Freedom Day Youth Celebration and Teach-in
United Nations Conference Side-Event
May 4, 6:30pm – 8 pm ET
Open to public and optional for Institute graduates


Admissions and aid will be decided on a rolling basis through April 5.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Topics Covered in Our Program:

  • 2022 World Press Freedom Day Theme “Journalism Under Surveillance”
  • Press Freedom Globally and What it Means for Student Journalists 
  • Access to Information in the US and Around the World
  • Key Press Freedom Principles: Independence, Impartiality, and Integrity
  • Cultural and Generational Perspectives on Journalistic Ethics
  • Digital Frontiers for Journalists: Surveillance, Security, and Safety

Student Capstone Projects:

Throughout the program, students will be working individually on capstone writing projects about a domestic or international student press freedom issue to be published in their student news media outlet or outside publications. Students may choose to write either an investigative report, in which they incorporate and analyze interviews with experts, other students, or activists, or an opinion editorial referencing an issue covered during the program. Topics for either the investigative report or opinion editorial will assess the intersection between student journalism and either a domestic or international political issue. In our final class meeting on May 3, students will present their capstone projects at a symposium made up of PEN America and Student Press Law Center Boards and staff.



Institute Staff

Nicholas Perez

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Program Manager for Free Expression and Education at PEN America, Perez is a former U.N. consultant and instructor of international affairs, human rights, and Model U.N.

Peris Tushabe

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Program Assistant for Free Expression and Education at PEN America, Tushabe is a graduate of Skidmore College in political science, born and raised in Uganda.

Hadar Harris

photo9 of SPLC exec director Hadar Harris Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, Harris is a human rights attorney and non-profit leader with a passion for working with and on behalf of students.

Alexis Macon

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Outreach and Operations Manager at the Student Press Law Center, Mason is an experienced journalist, paralegal, and youth activist.

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