PR students champion First Amendment with campaign

Dr. Hanna Park’s Public Relations 4740 class implemented a campaign fall semester to promote student knowledge, interest and engagement in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

With a slogan of “Freedom Comes First,” the campaign was called 1 For All @ MTSU. As part of the campaign, students in the capstone class planned two November events:

  1. a Freedom Comes First information booth on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Student Union lobby, with doughnuts, coffee and free giveaways such as T-shirts, pens, key chains and tumblers.
  2. a Freedom Comes First free lunch on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Student Union lobby with sandwiches, drinks and giveaways.

More than 100 students attended each event.

Park, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, obtained one of several nationwide $2,000 grants from the new Free Speech Center at MTSU to help her students with the campaign. The grants aim to connect with students on campuses across America and help them learn more about the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The First Amendment prohibits Congress from making any law that establishes or restricts any religion, puts limits on speech or the press, or hinders people from peacefully assembling and complaining to or seeking help from the government.

In conjunction with the campaign was a Nov. 5 public forum on police accountability with Knoxville News-Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy.

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