First Five: Rejecting Islamophobia, Flying Dog wins First Amendment battle, Columbia’s new First Amendment center, NPR One goes local

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INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN: REJECT ISLAMOPHOBIA

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
On the campaign trail, Islamophobia has moved from the crackpot fringe to mainstream political discourse. Only by making America safe again for Muslim citizens will we keep America safe for people of all faiths and none.


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.


COMMENTARY

THE “FREE SPEECH” CHARADE

Aaron R. Hanlon, New Republic
Koch and Bloomberg undoubtedly care about free expression in the abstract; but when they take issue with “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings,” they do so with their own heavy investments in what people research, learn, and discuss in college.


IN THE NEWS

KNIGHT, COLUMBIA COMMIT $60 MILLION TO LAUNCH DIGITAL-ERA FIRST AMENDMENT CENTER

Jonathan Peters, Columbia Journalism Review
The Knight Foundation and Columbia University announced the creation of a new center that will use research, education, and litigation to advance First Amendment rights in the digital age.


FLYING DOG BREWERY WINS FIRST AMENDMENT BATTLE, USES PROCEEDS TO PROMOTE FREE SPEECH

Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason
Flying Dog has announced that it will use the damages received in that case to found the “1st Amendment Society,” a non-profit dedicated to awareness-raising and advocacy around free-speech issues.


TWITTER TO STOP COUNTING PHOTOS AND LINKS IN 140-CHARACTER LIMIT

Sarah Frier, Bloomberg
It’s a step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. The change could happen in the next two weeks.


NPR ONE IS GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT THE PROMISE OF NEW DIGITAL AUDIENCES FOR LOCAL JOURNALISM

Shan Wang, Nieman Journalism Lab
The relationship between local stations and NPR One can be mutually beneficial: the presence of a local newscast is the “single biggest indicator that a user will return to NPR One.”


Upcoming Events

PEAR VS. UNITED STATES

Newseum Institute
The issues involved in the Apple cell phone controversy will be argued in front of a mock U.S. Supreme Court held at the Newseum as Pear v. the United States.

 

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