First Five: World Press Freedom Day, Bible bill vetoes, The Guardian’s first VR project, Instagram and investigative reporting

Spotlight on Freedom: Freedom of the Press 2016

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INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

LET’S CELEBRATE ‘OUR’ WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
We’re all “press” every time we post, tweet or blog — whether we want that title or not. Media critics and advocates alike are fond of noting “the press” as no more and no less privileges under the First Amendment than any other U.S. citizen.


WITH BIBLE BILL VETOES, GOVERNORS UPHOLD RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
The culture wars took an expected turn this month when two Republican governors vetoed “Bible bills” in the reliably red states of Idaho and Tennessee.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS

CHARLES HAYNES ON RECENT STATE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAWS

Newseum Institute
In response to recent religious exemption laws that jeopardize LGBT rights, religious liberty expert Charles Haynes proposes common ground.


SPOTLIGHT ON FREEDOM: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS 2016

Newseum
A special “Inside Media” program in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio assessing the state of press freedom throughout the world.


COMMENTARY

PRESS FREEDOM DAY: JOURNALISTS KEEP WORKING DESPITE THREATS

The Associated Press, Suzan Fraser
The deadliest country for journalists in 2015 was Syria, where 14 were killed, followed by France with nine, according to CPJ. Around the world, 72 journalists were killed in 2015 and 10 have been killed so far this year.


IN THE NEWS

SHOULD COURTS GET TO DEFINE RELIGION?

Michael O’Loughlin, The Atlantic
The Massachusetts Supreme Court will decide whether a local shrine should be tax-exempt—a decision that could have broad implications for faith organizations in America.


THE GUARDIAN’S FIRST VR PROJECT MAKES VIEWERS EXPERIENCE THE HORRORS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Ricardo Bilton, Nieman Journalism Lab
The virtual segregation cell The Guardian created isn’t a photorealistic depiction of a real space, but it does convey a real sense of the dread, fear, and isolation felt by the 80,000 people subjected to solitary confinement in the United States alone.


CPJ JOINS CALL FOR UN TO APPOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS

Courtney Radsch, Committee to Protect Journalists
CPJ is one of 35 press freedom groups calling on the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists as soon as possible.


IN CHICAGO, TWO BROTHERS ARE USING INSTAGRAM TO ENGAGE NEW AUDIENCES FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Jackie Spinner, Columbia Journalism Review
On Instagram, the Lowensteins show “what’s possible when you go to where the community is literally and geographically by incorporating the people into the conversations alongside those photos.”

 

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