New Voices Texas announces expanded board of officers for 2020 – 2021

New Voices Texas is excited to announce a new expanded line-up of officers that will lead our organization and the fight to pass a law preventing censorship and clarifying the roles of administrators in the student publication process.

An appointment committee interviewed various interested applicants from across the state and selected five of them to join the ranks as officers in a newly expanded board of officers composed of seven members. This new board structure will provide expanded leadership opportunities and more specific areas of focus for each new board member.

The 2020-2021 board will be composed of the following positions and individuals.

Legislative Officer

Mylo Bissell — Akins High School in Austin, TexasMylo-square

“I am involved in New Voices because when our principal stepped down it became a source of anxiety for our staff. We were left scared because of a lack of assurance that our right to publish what we wanted wouldn’t be protected. The work New Voices does gives me hope that we can put a stop to these anxieties for student journalists in Texas.”

Contact Mylo at bissellb006@gmail.com.

State Organizer Officer

Katlynn Fox — Hebron High School in Carrollton, TexasKatlynn-square

“I am involved in new voices because I am passionate about liberating high school journalists and securing their rights. All journalists deserve to share their stories without fear of censorship or prior review.”

Contact at Katlynn at Katlynnfoxnewvoices@gmail.com.

Regional Organizer Officer

Mia Nguyen — Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas Mia-square

“I am involved in New Voices because writing without barriers is key to providing truthful news and sharing what is important. I hope to use this organization as a platform that encourages other student journalists to use writing to express themselves, and others’ stories, and strive for a truly free scholastic press.”

Contact Mia at Nguyenmia17@gmail.com.

Communications Officer

Christine Vo — Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, TexasChristine-square

“I got involved in New Voices to stand up for the students within my community and fight for the freedom of student press throughout Texas schools. I want to be able to bring awareness to our movement on many different platforms that engage and expand our audience by creating visual messages to convey our motivation as well as keep everyone intertwined on our journey.”

Contact Christine at trinhvchristine@gmail.com.

Club Development Officer

Cade Spencer — James Bowie High School in Austin, TexasCade-Square

“I have been a student journalist for five years, and I understand the important role a student journalist plays in a school community. I am eager for student journalists to have full press rights so that they can best fulfill their important role.”

Contact Cade at cadespennwt@gmail.com.

Education Officer

Keana Saberi — Westwood High School in Austin, TexasKeana-square

“My passion and writing skillset compelled me to take part in this organization, to fight for altered state legislation to protect the rights of the free press for high school journalism students facing censorship. I strive to fight for clearer and strengthened student press rights and to educate others on the importance of the free press, especially for student journalists.”

Contact Keana at ksaberi2019@gmail.com

Adviser Officer

David Doerr — Akins High School in Austin, TexasDoerr square crop

“I am involved in New Voices because I have enjoyed working at a school where I have had the privilege of advising student publications without problems related to censorship or prior review by administrators. This experience has allowed our journalism students to produce ethically and responsibly produced news coverage that is relevant and important for our readership. However, I understand that not all advisers and students enjoy this experience. I believe that this should not be a privilege, but a right for all across Texans.”

Contact David at doerr.david@gmail.com.

New Voices Student Leaders Institute

Do you know a high school journalist who wants to see student press freedom signed into law in your state? Are they ready to take on an increased role in the New Voices movement? 
SPLC is proud to launch the first-ever NEW VOICES STUDENT LEADERS INSTITUTE, a free, four-day program for students to develop their leadership and organizing skills, expand their role as leaders within the new Voices movement, and develop an outreach strategy that could be instrumental in your state’s New Voices efforts. 

Participants in the all-online program will be joined by SPLC staff, New Voices advocates, and special guests to learn their unique capacity as change agents, deepen their understanding of civics, advocacy and press freedom, and expand their ability to act as organizers and messengers for causes that matter to them.  By the end of the Institute, Student Leaders will have a student outreach strategy for the 2020-2021 year, including a completed social media campaign ready for release. Student leaders will also receive a certificate of participation, and ongoing training throughout the year.

The Institute will run from July 6-9, and participants should expect to work (but not necessarily sit in front of a computer) from 1pm-5pm Eastern/10am-2pm Pacific time.
Participation in the Institute is free, but students will commit to serve as student leaders in the New Voices movement during the 2020-2021 advocacy year. Student leaders will:

  • Create and carry out a student outreach and organizing plan within their state;
  • Attend regular (no more than monthly) Zoom strategy sessions with New Voices staff and leaders;
  • Work with other student leaders to conduct one New Voices-related training, either for advocates within their state or nationwide; and
  • Engage with key New Voices advocates in their state on the overall advocacy plan.

To attend, students must be a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior student journalist (including newspaper, broadcast, and yearbook staff) in a state with an active New Voices campaign, who has demonstrated previous interest in the New Voices movement. Prior participation in organizing, lobby days or testimony is not required, but may be helpful. Attendance is limited, with no more than three students from each state, and recommendation from an adviser or active New Voices advocate is required.

Applications will be accepted until June 5.

Adviser/advocate recommendations can be submitted with this link.

Participant decisions will be made by June 10.

We look forward to seeing all your students this summer! Please contact Hillary with any questions.



Hillary DavisNew Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizer

Student Press Law Center1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Ste. 211

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