First Amendment

1 for All First Amendment Challenge to award scholarship

Picture yourself being eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship by simply posting a photo, illustration or other image to social media. That’s how easy it is to enter Picture Freedom, a national contest from Feb. 22 to 28 that calls on students 13 and older to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech in America.

The First Amendment and its five freedoms – speech, press, religion, assembly and petition – give us the right to be ourselves. Picture Freedom encourages you to tap into your individuality and creativity to make a visual statement about liberty.

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VPA First Amendment Award

The Virginia Press Association First Amendment Award, first presented in 2007, is given to journalists, newspapers or citizens who, in an extraordinary way, seek to advance, defend or preserve the First Amendment.

The criteria is broad. It would include those who challenge closed government, closed courtrooms, access to information or threats to press freedom, such as search warrants and subpoenas. It could recognize extraordinary educational efforts, including First Amendment training, and efforts to change or strengthen laws pertaining to the First Amendment.