Free Press Staffer Josh Stearns Wins Media Ally Award

Free Press Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director Josh Stearns recently won the Lew Hill Media Ally Award, named for the founder of Pacifica and KPFA, the nation’s first listener-supported radio station. Press Pass TV gave Stearns the award in recognition of his work chronicling the arrests of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street protests. Since last September, Stearns has tracked those arrests on both the Free Press site and at Storify. He has documented the arrests of 83 journalists in 12 cities around the country.

In his acceptance speech, Stearns discussed the role of the First Amendment in the digital age:

To be a media ally today is to not only support the media you depend on but also to fight for your own rights. We need to mobilize a new generation of press freedom advocates who can help defend the First Amendment in their cities using grassroots organizing, online activism and creative collaborations with media makers and activists. But we need not wait for that new generation to emerge — it is us.

Click here to read Stearns’ full speech.

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