All posts by Sophie Gordon

Signing Off: Sophie Gordon

As my time as an Active Voice Fellow draws to an end, I’m excited by the work that’s been done. Not only have I put together a toolkit to help advisers start free press programs in their own schools, but...

/ August 23, 2017

Opinion: Stop holding their hands

Practicing as a free press isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It taught me to be too responsible and too aware of how my actions affect others. It allowed me to cover stories on topics that the public needs...

/ July 24, 2017
Fellow Sophie Gordon talks to two student journalists who stopped by the SPLC booth at the national journalism convention in November 2016.

If you’re a feminist (and you should be), be intersectional

On Jan. 21 — just one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration — people who identify as women (who I will from now on collectively call women because that is what they are) across the world participated in #WomensMarch(es). Women...

/ February 25, 2017

Now is the time for New Voices

It’s time to cure Hazelwood. In 1988, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-3 ruling that hurt student journalism publications everywhere. The landmark Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier decision determined that school administrators could exercise prior restraint if a school can present...

/ February 25, 2017

‘Twas the time for New Voices

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation High schools paused in writing some new legislation Those hard at work took a much-needed break But they’d return to it soon, for so much is at stake. The New...

/ December 25, 2016

Why I am an Active Voice Fellow

I don’t have a story of being personally censored. I was fortunate enough to attend a high school where my adviser trusted his students to be completely responsible for the paper and the administration did not subject us to prior...

/ October 10, 2016