Press Commentary

Who brings us the news? Men, mostly

Gender disparities still exist in news organizations, from sheer numbers to the topics men and women typically report on.
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What a strange year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms

The First Amendment and the power of fear

What a strange, challenging and dangerous year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms, at home and abroad.
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A reminder to remember — rededicating the Journalists Memorial

Journalists Memorial

On Monday, June 8, in Washington, D.C., a group will stop and remember what we all would like to forget – but should never put out of our minds.
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Revisiting, reexamining the news — with a free press purpose

Baltimore riots

The public furor and the televised flames that reached from Ferguson to Baltimore have faded – for now – from the headlines. For some, consideration of how the news of those events was reported remains very much in mind — an aspect of First Amendment freedoms we don’t often consider.
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A new world of ‘real video’ holds all of us accountable

Smartphone

We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cell phone video – and that fits nicely into the First Amendment’s role in providing for both press and citizen “watchdogs on government.”
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Rolling Stone lesson: Tracking down facts does matter — a lot

Rolling Stone

An old slam on tabloid journalism was that its best practitioners “never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” Rolling Stone magazine’s abject retraction of a 2014 article offers a new twist on that old saw — never let a lack of facts get in the way, either.
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You can’t make this up — and, well, you shouldn’t

Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

On the very day America’s top real news anchor gets suspended for telling fake news, the nation’s leading anchor of a mock news program tells us he’s leaving his job — really.
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Indiana’s new “JustIn” — Thankfully, on the way out

Inside the First Amendment

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has terminated development of a state-run, state-funded news operation which reportedly would have published stories based on state-written news releases about state programs, policies and government officials.
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A tough question: Just how ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to be?

Je Suis Charlie

After one week, a tough question already is being asked: Just how “JeSuisCharlie” (I am Charlie) should we be?
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Seeing the news – from every angle – is necessary to report it

Inside the First Amendment

Things are not “looking up” when it comes to our ability to “look down” or just around to keep an eye on what our police and other authorities are doing.
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