Free press future: Back to the “basics” in a new way


For those who constitute a free press, recognize that your strength and your appeal rest in representing those who support your work through subscriptions, fees or contributions.
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Gwen Ifill’s legacy: mentor, journalism at its best

Gwen Ifill

Known for her candor, humor, accuracy and enthusiasm for reporting the news, Ifill was a tireless advocate — and example — of storytelling from many voices and of approaching complex issues with a goal of making them understandable.
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We have assembled, petitioned, spoken and even prayed: So now vote!


Over nearly two years, the nation has been through an exhausting process of sorting through possible candidates, selecting nominees and now consider the final few — and lest we forget, for offices high and low, local and state and national.
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Threats of murder, injury are not ‘politics’ — nor patriotism


Patriotism does not involve threatening others with injury or death, no matter how dire you believe the results of voting on Nov. 8 will be for you or your fellow citizens.
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Two Ongoing Questions: What’s Fit for the Web? And, What Doesn’t ‘Fit’?

Michael Coté via flickr Creative Commons

Google, Facebook and their e-contemporaries, as private not government operations, are free to post, block or remove content as they will — on our behalf. Most cite “community standards” as reasons for impeding the free flow of information through their products and services.
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Sometimes, it would seem, artificial intelligence … isn’t


As we hurtle through the innovative and endlessly updated second decade of the 21 century, the prospects seem brighter and better than ever that our new web and social media tools will help us better communicate and more effectively confront serious challenges like terrorism.
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Trump, Clinton show value of a free, independent press


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may well be the best things that have happened to a free press in a long time.
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What is “free speech” on the web — in theory and in practice?

Leslie Jones @Lesdoggg

As offensive to some as Twitter’s ban may be, it undeniably is another example of where we collectively may be staking out the boundaries of what can and cannot be posted —sometimes in fits and starts prompted by events.
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Let’s Keep the Fourth Going All Year Long

flickr via Always Shooting

The red, white and blue bunting is down, the flags are furled and the last of the fireworks have been sent aloft. And for far too many of us, that surge of patriotic fervor and effort found around July Fourth goes back into metaphorical storage for another year.
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Join in the fireworks: The ones you watch or the ones around freedom

The 2016 State of the First Amendment

This year’s State of the First Amendment national survey (SOFA), conducted in partnership with USA TODAY, does more than just sample our attitudes about those five core freedoms – it also may show just how those freedoms can work.
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