First Amendment campaign to go to bigger audience

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HASTINGS, Neb. - (KSNB) A multi-media campaign created in Nebraska to spread awareness of everyone's First Amendment rights will soon be getting exposure nationwide.

According to a press release from Media of Nebraska, more than 20 state broadcast associations and state press associations have asked their respective members to consider supporting the “Think F1rst” campaign on a pro bono basis. The campaign will air on radio and television stations, in newspapers, and the websites and social media platforms of those same entities that opt to carry the messages,from August 1 through December 31, 2019.

“Think F1rst” is designed to educate Americans about the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.

According to the release, The original “Think F1rst” Nebraska campaign was created last year after Media of Nebraska members noted polls showing that many Americans lacked even a basic knowledge of the First Amendment, particularly in articulating the five freedoms that it guarantees. In a civics survey taken by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, nearly 4 in 10 students couldn’t name even one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.Media of Nebraska members worked together to outline a campaign to combat these disturbing statistics.

After “Think F1rst” debuted in Nebraska in 2018, the dedicated web site attracted over 400,000 page views within 60 days.

The list of the state broadcast associations and state press associations that are asking their respective members to consider supporting the campaign can be found at the "Think First Amendment web site.