As a writer and a teacher, my goal is to inspire my readers and students. I have always had the ultimate belief in the importance of journalism and its role in protecting the First Amendment and empowering inner city and students of color to use this power to positively change their communities.
In these last seven months, all of us have experienced seismic shifts in every facet of our lives. But the ground beneath us holds firm, and we now have a unique and unprecedented opportunity to use our voices to Speak The Truth during this crucial time in our country.
The UMP’s Speak The Truth town halls are unique in that students are answering as well as asking the questions and sharing media from their perspectives. All participants will be integral parts of creating media that matters for their school and surrounding communities.
SPECIAL OFFER: Speak the Truth town halls: grades 5-12
Teachers, after school programs or youth organizations can SIGN UP for a virtual Speak the Truth event in 2021 and receive a FREE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL* thanks to a grant from Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Newspapers in Education Foundation.
*(Virtual town halls include lesson plans and 20 copies of The Birth of the First Amendment along with participation prizes! $500 value)
Register by Feb. 1 for your students to host their virtual Speak The Truth town hall.
Register here or contact Donna Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-640-4430 for more information.
Listen to one participant of our Speak the Truth session at last November’s National High School Journalism Convention about the role of journalists in today’s society.