First Five: A safe space for free speech, ‘Speaking Freely’ at SXSW, political correctness, and a new survey shows what students think of free speech

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Inside the First Amendment

SAFE SPACE FOR FREE SPEECH

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
When chalked graffiti promoting Donald Trump and his controversial wall appeared overnight on buildings, steps, and other surfaces at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., student reaction ranged from amusement to outrage.


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.


Commentary

WHAT HULK HOGAN’S GAWKER LAWSUIT MEANS FOR OUR PRIVACY

Robert Levine, The New York Times
The Hogan case became less about who’s a public figure and more about the ways in which the Internet has allowed our private information to be made public in ways we didn’t intend.


POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: THE EFFECTS ON OUR GENERATION

Kai Sherwin, Huffington Post
No matter how uncomfortable we are with inflammatory language or actions, it’s crucial to recognize that this is a small price to pay to maintain a democratic system that promotes free expression as a basic pillar of society.


IN THE NEWS

KNIGHT FOUNDATION, NEWSEUM INSTITUTE RELEASE CAMPUS FREE EXPRESSION SURVEY RESULTS

Newseum Institute
The survey shows students confidence in First Amendment rights, but nearly half say some campus speech restrictions can be justified.


MEDIUM BECOMES LATEST TECH COMPANY TO LURE PUBLISHERS ABOARD

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter
Medium, which has traditionally been home to individual writers and a limited number of publications, will now offer publishers tools to help them gin up digital revenue: Membership and “Promoted Stories,” which is Medium-speak for native advertising.


SIKH CAPTAIN SAYS KEEPING BEARD AND TURBAN LETS HIM SERVE U.S. AND FAITH

Dave Philipps, The New York Times
The Army has granted a decorated officer, who is Sikh, permission to wear a religious beard and turban in uniform, ending a protracted battle that pitted individual religious freedom rights against what the military said was a need for uniformity and strict safety standards.


HOW WE’RE UNWITTINGLY LETTING ROBOTS CENSOR THE WEB

Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post
Despite the margin of error, most major players seem to be trending away from human review.


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