Sophie Gordon

Sophie was a 2016-17 Active Voice fellow. She was a junior majoring in journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. During her fellowship, she was the Assistant Copy Editor of Ball State Daily News and had held other positions there. She was also the press secretary for the Student Government Association. Throughout her time in college, she took courses that allowed her to work on a yearbook initiative and strengthen police and press relationships. An advocate for First Amendment rights, she aspires to pursue a career in media law.

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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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‘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 […]


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 […]