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Tweet for the First Amendment; Win a scholarship

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I admit it. I don’t post a lot on Twitter.

But make no mistake. I think Twitter is awesome.

I do a ton of listening on Twitter. And I’m a big advocate. The biggest reason I’m such a fan of the tool is that I see how The Oklahoman’s reporters and editors cultivate sources, share information and communicate with readers on Twitter every day. Following our reporters is a great way to get to know the group of people that are working to inform the readers every day.

So I’ll tweet about them and what’s important to them. And one thing that will get me Tweeting is the First Amendment.

It should come as no surprise that in newsrooms across the country, the First Amendment is a popular topic. It puts us in the same company as LL Cool J — if you need proof, just watch the video at the bottom of the post.

That’s why I’m taking this time on my blog and on my Twitter account to promote the Free to Tweet movement that reaches its climax on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Beginning at midnight on Dec. 15, students ages 14 to 22 can tweet their support for the First Amendment with the hash tag #freetotweet, which will enter them in the “Free to Tweet” scholarship competition. Students are encouraged to freely express themselves in their entries, which can be posted on any publicly viewable social media platform, including blogs.

The website is freetotweet.org, and students can win a $5,000 scholarship for participating.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›