It was a great day for the First Amendment at Brigham Young’s J Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah. Mike is on spring break with his family in Florida, but on Thursday, I spoke to a packed room of law students and communication students, after doing a radio interview for KSL Radio. Students had lots of questions and comments about youth rights, the overlap of religious rights and free speech rights, social media, and a whole lot more.
What a friendly, caring group!! Thanks to Joel Campbell for inviting me- past reporter and current journalism prof, Joel spends his time promoting open government and student journalism. He was doing just that in Burma last week, but found time to welcome the Tinker Tour to BYU. Thanks, and thanks to everyone who helped to make it possible!
After the law school, I headed over to the Salt Lake City Tribune for an interview by reporter Jennifer Napier-Pierce and photographer Rick Egan. They did a great job on a video about the Tinker Tour for the online edition of the Tribune. For the Sunday edition, Lisa Carricaburu added her fantastic piece about my Saturday talk in downtown Salt Lake City for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Conference. Check out both here!
Friday stop: Alta High School, where students are lucky to have a wonderful journalism program led by award-winning adviser Mary Seal. Wow- great articles, everybody! They also have a great team of administrators who are supportive of student voices. Rique Ochoa and a lively social studies team keep civics alive, too.
Students at Alta are speaking up and standing up about a lot of things. Middle school students from Weilenmann School of Discovery joined us, and they had a lot on their minds as well. But we missed students from at least one other school who had been planning to come- they could not because of budget shortages at their schools.
I met many wonderful students at Alta, and really wonderful, supportive administrators and teachers, too.
On Saturday, the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Conference welcomed me in downtown Salt Lake City. What a wonderful day! Read all about it here. Thanks Joel, Sheryl, and all of you enthusiastic, hard-working professional and student journalists. You are keeping the freedom of press alive! And, thanks to the national Society for honoring Mike Hiestand last year, and for endorsing the Tinker Tour. We heartily agree with the position the group took last year in favor of school journalism programs going by the “Tinker standard” instead of the “Hazelwood standard. (More photos to follow….. stay tuned!)
Next week, on to Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose. Can’t wait to see everybody there!