First Five: An interview with Martin Baron, Gawker and Hulk Hogan, Europe’s free-speech apocalypse, Mexico’s embattled journalists

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Inside the First Amendment

Beyond left vs. right, Madison’s vision of religious freedom

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
Madison, whose birthday the nation largely ignores every year on March 16, would be appalled to see the true meaning of religious freedom, the great cause of his life, lost in the din of charge and counter-charge in our increasingly ugly political arena.


Panel Discussions

‘SPOTLIGHT’ ON THE FUTURE OF NEWS

Jeffrey Herbst, Newseum
On March 13, 2016, Jeffrey Herbst was joined by Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron for a discussion outside the WeDC House at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. They discussed how the rapid evolution of technology has fundamentally changed the news business and the important role of journalism for the future.


Journalism/Works

SETTING OUT THE RULES ABOUT GATHERING THE NEWS – FROM OVERHEAD

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
A discussion with Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, on matters of newsgathering, privacy, and an update on how the FAA and news operations are working together to map out the new rules for the use of drones in aerial newsgathering.


Commentary

SIX REASONS THE NEW YORK TIMES COULD HAVE PROBLEMS PUBLISHING IN SPANISH

Valeria Ramirez Siller, Columbia Journalism Review
Bottom line: A smart strategy, carefully executed, could go a long way. But there are hazards.


SORRY, HULK HOGAN, THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS ON GAWKER’S SIDE

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View
Gawker’s constitutional right to publish content the public wants to consume outweighs what little privacy interests a public figure like Hogan may derive from state law. Even a film clip counts as content under the First Amendment.


IN THE NEWS

EUROPE’S FREE-SPEECH APOCALYPSE IS ALREADY HERE

Suzanne Nossel, Foreign Policy
Fueled by a potent combination of fears of terrorism and anxiety over the integration of more than a million refugees, European authorities are increasingly casting civil liberties as a luxury that tough times may not afford.


APPLE WAVES THE CIVIL LIBERTIES FLAG – BUT FOR HOW LONG?

Larry Downes, The Washington Post
In its fight with the FBI, Apple is aggressively promoting itself as the guardian of its users’ constitutional rights. That may well be, but it’s no coincidence that doing so gives the company a competitive advantage over rivals, whose business models rely on free or subsidized services paid for by targeted advertising and other data mining.


DIGITAL DIGGING: HOW FUSION IS PRODUCING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM FOR THE JON STEWART GENERATION

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter
Fusion has assembled a team of about 20 journalists from a variety of backgrounds to reimagine investigations that once might’ve taken up two pages in a newspaper and package them for a young audience that consumes journalism on a variety of digital platforms.


MEXICO’S EMBATTLED JOURNALISTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARICLAIRE ACOSTA

Freedom House
One reason journalists in Mexico are so vulnerable is that media outlets depend heavily on government advertising for their survival. This advertising is not regulated, and the money involved is enormous.

 

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