First Amendment Center


The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center is a forum for the study and exploration of issues related to free expression, religious freedom, and press freedom, and an authoritative source of information, news, and analysis of these issues. The Center provides education, information and entertainment to educators, students, policy makers, legal experts, and the general public. The Center is nonpartisan and does not lobby, litigate or provide legal advice.

First Amendment News

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    First Amendment Threats Tracker

    Read more about today’s biggest threats to free expression


    PRIMERS

    Topics

    Our primers are designed to get you up to speed on First Amendment issues–from the basics to cutting edge topics–in a minimal amount of time.

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    TOPICS


    Topics

    Delve deeper by browsing through our library of First Amendment research articles, sorted by topic.

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    Report Card

    Report Card

    A panel of experts evaluates the threats and opportunities facing the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Grading is performed on a quarterly basis.

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    State of the First Amendment

    State of the First Amendment

    The State of the First Amendment surveys, commissioned since 1997 by the First Amendment Center and Newseum, are a regular check on how Americans view their first freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and petition.

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    First Amendment FAQ

    First Amendment FAQ

    Learn more about the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

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    Supreme Court Cases

    Supreme Court Cases

    Access our compilation of Supreme Court decisions relating to the First Amendment since 1999.
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    Inside the First Amendment

    Inside the First Amendment

    Read our column by First Amendment experts Gene Policinski and Lata Nott.

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    Podcasts

    Podcasts

    Journalism/Works is our ongoing podcast that focuses on journalism that matters — news reports in print, broadcast and online that produce change, provide insight and that fulfill the “watchdog on government” mission envisioned for a free press in the First Amendment.

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    Moot Court

    25th annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

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    Publications

    Publications

    Download or order publications on First Amendment issues.

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    About the Founder

    About the Founder

    John Seigenthaler founded the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in 1991 with the mission of creating national discussion, dialogue and debate about First Amendment rights and values.

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    First Amendment Center FAQ

    First Amendment Center FAQ

    Learn more about the First Amendment Center and what we do.

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