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.

Kendall Cook, Frisco High School, Frisco, Texas

Nathalie Dortonne, University of Florida, Aventura, Florida

Jimmy Faunce, Malvern Preparatory School, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Shyanne Fuller, Pattonville High School, St. Louis, Missouri

Eunice Kim, Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts

Kaitlin Danielle Kinsey, Centennial High School, Frisco, Texas

Katie Kroeppler, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, Arizona

Annie Lu, McLean High School, McLean, Virginia

Elizabeth Martinez, Miami Lakes Educational Center, Hialeah, Florida

Dagne Milasiute, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colorado

Megan Monismith, Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska

Caitlyn Murray, Cody High School, Cody, Wyoming

Michael Allen Papias, SOAR High School, Lancaster, California

Julia Poe, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas

Vanessa Qin, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, California

Grace Roper, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin, Tennessee

Ryan Sabin, Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Samantha Nicole Schmid, Frances Howell North High School, St. Charles, Missouri

Danielle Steele, Eaglecrest High School, Centennial, Colorado

Jack Stewart, Marianas High School, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Jack Walker, Malvern Preparatory School, Newton Square, Pennsylvania

Kaslynn Paige Westerman, Mandan High School, Bismarck, North Dakota

Emma Zander, Homestead High School, Mequon, Wisconsin

Information on two additional winners will be released once students verify eligibility by emailing [email protected]. The potential winners were notified of their semi-finalist status via social media accounts.

For more information on the 1 for All campaign, to join its mailing list or to learn more about upcoming programs, visit 1forall.us.

About the Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. knightfoundation.org.

About 1 for All
1 for All is a nonpartisan, educational campaign that was launched in 2010 to address a general lack of awareness by the American public about the five freedoms afforded by the First Amendment. Initial support for campaign was provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Newseum Institute, the McCormick Foundation, the American Society of News Editors, the First Amendment Center and the Gannett Foundation. In addition, more than 1,000 news organizations, religious groups and educational institutions have devoted their time and resources in support of the 1 for All campaign. 1forall.us.

About the American Society of News Editors 
The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism; defends and protects First Amendment rights; and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives. asne.org.

About the Journalism Education Association
Founded in 1924, JEA is the only organization in the country devoted to educating teachers and students in journalism, media technology, student press law and the professional ethics of media production. JEA’s mission is to support free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, promoting professionalism, encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and fostering an atmosphere that encompasses diversity yet builds unity. Jea.org.

About the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University
The John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University was instituted in 1986 to honor John Seigenthaler’s lifelong commitment to free expression values. Seigenthaler, longtime president, editor and publisher of The (Nashville) Tennessean, remained chairman emeritus of that newspaper until his death at age 86 in 2014. Through the Seigenthaler Chair, MTSU’s College of Mass Communication provides a wide array of programming and training to promote First Amendment awareness and quality journalism.

For more information contact:

Le Anne Wiseman
Director, Youth Journalism Initiative
American Society of News Editors
[email protected]