Legal Drama

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Citizen Journalism
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Carlos Miller is not one to back down. As the founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government overreach and the suppression of journalists’ and other newsgatherers’ rights. And although he […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns, and portions were adapted from Stearns’ report, “Acts of Journalism: Defining Press Freedom in the Digital Age.” This summer the Society for Professional Journalists debated a proposal to change its name to the Society for Professional Journalism. The resolution didn’t pass, but the 100-year-old organization […] more »

Culture
by Jonathan Peters

Edson C. Tandoc, Jr., a Fulbright Scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism, co-authored this post. Earlier this month we published a scholarly article in Quorum, the online edition of the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, exploring the definition of a journalist. We culled a variety of sources that conceptualize a journalist in […] more »

Education
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece by correspondent Josh Stearns. It’s nearly impossible to gauge the full impact of harassment of the press. How do you measure the stories that go untold because a journalist felt intimidated? How do you quantify the corruption that won’t be exposed because sources are afraid to talk? When the […] more »

Global View
by Josh Stearns

 The Voice of America may finally be coming to America. Legal changes going into effect this month mean that, for the first time, U.S. audiences can access the news and information programs produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors – the independent agency that manages U.S. international broadcasting operations. The change has brought with it a […] more »

Legal Drama
by Jonathan Peters

Last year, a former student contacted me to ask if her news outlet, a network affiliate, could use a video clip from a Comedy Central show to introduce a segment about election-year campaign spending.  The purpose of the segment was to comment on the show’s many attempts to raise awareness of the rules that govern […] more »

Legal Drama
by Josh Stearns

This month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting messages to the American public about our right to record. On May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department providing in-depth guidance on citizens’ right to record. The letter was submitted as part of a court case that dates […] more »

Legal Drama
by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 34th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali. This week the show is mainly focused on the huge day of protest online Wednesday against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) before the U.S. Congress. After […] more »


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