‘Free to Tweet’ contest judging begins

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Judging begins this week for “Free to Tweet,” an unprecedented scholarship competition in support of the First Amendment. Thousands of Americans participated in “Free to Tweet,” recognizing First Amendment freedoms and putting a largely overlooked holiday back in the public eye.

Semi-finalists will be selected in December, with a separate panel of judges determining the finalists in January.

More than 17,000 tweets and messages were sent on Dec. 15, commemorating the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Entrants ages 14-22 were eligible for one of 22 $5,000 scholarships.

“Free to Tweet” was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by 1 for All, an unprecedented educational and public service campaign that builds understanding of the First Amendment.

The White House issued an official proclamation urging all Americans to honor and support Bill of Rights Day and tweeted “Happy Bill of Rights Day! The US continues to stand with citizens & governments around the world who empower free expression.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Tenn., read a column about the “Free to Tweet” campaign and went to the floor of the House of Representatives to talk about the importance of the Bill of Rights.

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

Previous: Thanks, all of you Free to Tweeters!

Tags: , ,