President Jay urges all KPA members to participate in Think F1RST nationwide campaign

Jay Nolan

From the July 26 Board and carried forward, KPA President Jay Nolan is urging all KPA member newspapers to participate in a nationwide campaign promoting the First Amendment. Developed by the news media in Nebraska, all state press and broadcaster associations have received five ads promoting THINK F1RST!

KPA is one of some 40 state press and broadcaster associations signed up to promote Think F1rst!

The ads were emailed to all KPA members after receiving unanimous endorsement from the KPA Board to request that all Kentucky newspapers join in the campaign.

Although an August 1 launch date was announced, promoting the First Amendment can begin at any time so if you’ve received the ads and haven’t started the promotion, there’s no firm deadline for when it has to begin or end.

“So find the five ads that were supplied by KPA, with KPA’s 150th anniversary logo and space on the lower left for your own newspaper logo, and publish them,” said the KPA President. “Even continue it after the first five weeks by using the ads periodically. They are designed to educate Americans about the rights/privileges allowed for under the First Amendment and to explain what those freedoms mean to every American,” Nolan added.

Promoting the First Amendment throughout 2019 has been one of Nolan’s top goals during his year as president.

Why focus on the First Amendment? Here are results from the 2017 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey:

• only 3 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom to Petition the government as one of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment

• only 10 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom of Peaceable Assembly as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment

• only 14 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom of the Press as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment

• only 48 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom of Speech as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment

• only 15 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom of Religion as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment

With the lack of acknowledgement through the survey results of what Kentuckians/Americans do or do not know about the First Amendment, it makes all the more reason to abide by Jay Nolan’s request.

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