Student Press Freedom Day Event - National Council of Teachers of English


Join the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) for “Agency in Student Literary Publications,” a webinar in honor of Student Press Freedom Day. Hear more about NSPA’s critique service and National Pacemaker competitions, the Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, the NCTE Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines Award (REALM), and how you can support the creation and sustaining of student publications.

This event will feature a panel of student journalists and their teacher/faculty advisors, as well as leaders of REALM, NSPA, and Quill & Scroll who will share their experiences, resources, and ideas about how to support student literary publications. A representative from the Student Press Law Center will talk about the current landscape of student press freedom and what resources are available to support students’ work. Participants will also learn about submitting publications to the REALM Award, National Pacemaker, NSPA, and Quill & Scroll contests and critiques.

Student Press Freedom Day (Feb. 23, 2023) is an initiative by the Student Press Law Center where students, advisers and press freedom groups work together to:

  • Raise awareness of the vital work of student journalists
  • Highlight how how censorship threatens that important work, and
  • Empower student journalists to take action to restore their First Amendment Freedoms.

NCTE and NSPA are proud to be Student Press Freedom Day Partners


Wednesday, February 22, 8 p.m. ET


This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, but registration is required. Please contact with questions.




Lori Keekley, associate director for Quill and Scroll  at National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press

Ben Lally, REALM Award Committee Chair, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA

Hillary Davis, Advocacy and Organizing Director, Student Press Law Center

2022 REALM First Class Award winning magazine students and their teacher advisors:

  • Alison Ruch and students Matthew Roth and Brittany Hendricks, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, Tell Magazine
  • Jean-Daniel (JD) Louis, Woodstock Day School, Woodstock, NY, The Battering Ram Literary Journal
  • Ben Lally, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA, Marginal