Target: Eileen Filler-Corn, Speaker of the House of Delegates, Virginia
Goal: Don’t censor the reporting of student journalists and protect their free speech.
Student journalists at college campuses around the country are often denied freedom of speech and have their reporting censored by school officials. However, several Virginia delegates are working to change this. Sign the petition to advocate for freedom of speech for college journalists.
House Bill 36 would help ensure that student journalists are not censored by faculty or college administration. As Delegate Danica Roem, patron of the bill, argues, “journalism is not public relations for a school system.” Instead, it is a place where students can share their voice, start discussion, and hold their leaders accountable.
If this bill passes in Virginia, it could be a major victory that influences similar legislation across the nation. Sign the petition to demand the passage of House Bill 36 and the protection of the rights of student journalists.
Dear Speaker Filler-Corn,
Student journalists are often censored by faculty and administration. House Bill 36 seeks to change this by protecting their freedom of speech and allowing them to publish their work freely without influence from college officials. This will enable student journalists to do all that the press should do: start discussion and hold those in power accountable.
I ask that you support House Bill 36. Protect student journalists in your state and help set a precedent for other states around the nation.
[Your Name Here]
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