Free to Tweet winners show range of creativity

Monday, March 19, 2012

The 22 students across the nation who won $5,000 scholarships in 1 for All’s Free to Tweet contest in December showed an astonishing array of creative approaches to celebrating their First Amendment freedoms.

Some winning entries were straightforward tweets, distilling thoughts of liberty into the tight confines of 140 characters that Twitter allows. “140 characters may not be enough to change the world, but the First Amendment did it in 272,” observed Brian DeConinck, 22, of Raleigh, N.C.

Other winners linked to graphics, videos, essays and a poem. See the winning entries.

A cascade of more than 17,000 tweets and messages poured out onto Twitter on Dec. 15, 2011, the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, in the Free to Tweet competition. Thousands of Americans participated in the public awareness campaign — organized by 1 for All and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — recognizing First Amendment freedoms and putting a largely overlooked holiday back in the public eye.

“Free to Tweet was an extraordinary success, tapping the creativity and insights of students nationwide, while giving teachers tools to help them share the First Amendment with a new generation,” said Ken Paulson, founder of 1 for All and president of the First Amendment Center and American Society of News Editors, organizations that organized and promoted Free to Tweet.

Related: Winners news release

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