Press Release: duPont Manual High School’s ‘RedEye’ Wins Courage in Student Journalism Award

For immediate release: December 3, 2021

Contact: Andrew Benson | abenson@SPLC.org


Washington DC– The Student Press Law Center is delighted to award the 2021 Courage in Student Journalism Award to the Red eyes at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Students of the Magnet Journalism and Communication program exposed Nazi and anti-Semitic language and imagery in Kentucky State Police training materials. This training urged officers to be “ruthless killers” and used quotes from Adolf Hitler advocating violence. Their story sparked governor’s action and stimulated national media coverage and conversations regarding law enforcement training.

SPLC Executive Director Hadar Harris said: “The students at duPont Manual High School have shown incredible courage and tenacity in exposing heinous materials included in the police training materials of the State of Kentucky. Their reporting not only reflects the values ​​celebrated by the Courage Award in Student Journalism, but it is also a prime example of the impact student journalists can have when doing their jobs as journalists, supported by their advisor. and their school and pursue a career history, even when it impacts powerful government actors.

“The Journalism and Communications magnet of DuPont Manual takes great pride in the investigative work and dedicated research of our student journalists,” said James Miller, RedEye Advisor. “We had a hunch that this story would both have an impact and go viral, but we didn’t anticipate the impact it would have and the reach that the story would ultimately have. I have seen reports of our students’ survey in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, French and German.

The Courage in Student Journalism Award is presented annually to an outstanding high school press organization that speaks the truth to power and demonstrates outstanding support for student press freedom. The Courage in Student Journalism Award is presented in partnership with the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and the National Scholastic Press Association. The Center for Scholastic Journalism is also offering a prize of $ 1,000 to the winning organization.

Student Press Law Center: Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has worked to support, promote and defend the First Amendment and the free speech rights of high school and college student journalists, and the advisers who support them. Working at the intersection of law, journalism and education, SPLC operates the country’s only free legal hotline for student journalists. We also provide training, educational resources, and support the grassroots, non-partisan New Voices movement, seeking state-level legislative support for student press freedom. The SPLC is an independent, 501c (3) nonprofit based in Washington, DC

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