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Social Media and the 1st Amendment: Shouting “Fire” Online?

Threats, trolls, online harassment – what’s a First Amendment lover to think about where we’re going with social media? After the shooting of five Dallas police and transit officers at a Black Lives Matter rally this summer and a similar incident in Baton Rouge, Facebook and Twitter sizzled with incendiary statements calling for more […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

Roundup: First Amendment News You Can Use – Election 2016

There’s no shortage of First Amendment fodder as this unprecedentedly weird election cycle unfolds. Where do the candidates stand?  Here’s a few things you should know.

The most important First Amendment position taken by any of the candidates is Democrat Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she would seek a reversal of the Supreme Court’s ominously democracy-hobbling […]

By |August 17th, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

IL Legislation Set to Restore 1st Amendment Protection for High Schools

Schools are not simply places that students go to learn reading, math and kick around a soccer ball during gym. They are the essential training ground for participation in our representative democracy. It’s important that students learn to voice their opinions, and consider and respond to unfamiliar or disagreeable ideas. Since the Supreme Court’s […]

By |July 13th, 2016|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

Freedom of the Press: IWPA, the First Amendment and “Societies of Men”

 

 

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

– First Amendment to the United States Constitution

As disparate as our nation’s politics, lifestyles, races, genders, or economic opinions may be we agree on one thing. Freedom of speech and of the press are critical. The ability to express ideas unrestrained is […]

By |June 8th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

FAN-Fair April 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution’s framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) “fourth branch” of the government.

At the end of each month, IWPA’s First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First […]

By |April 27th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

FAN-Fair March 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution’s framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) “fourth branch” of the government.

At the end of each month, IWPA’s First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First […]

By |March 30th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

The First Amendment Begins at Home

This article is from contributing writer and IWPA Recording Secretary, Lolita Ditzler. She has been a writer and journalist for over 45 years and an IWPA member for the past 32 years.

 

“You’ll get your dad fired and the kids’ll flunk–all because you can’t keep your nose out of where it isn’t wanted!” My husband slammed out of […]

By |March 14th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

FAN-Fair February 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution’s framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) “fourth branch” of the government.

At the end of each month, IWPA’s First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First […]

By |March 2nd, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

This Veterans Day, Don’t Thank Them For Their Service.

I’ve been the wife of a combat veteran for the past 14 years. I met my husband back in 1994, just months after he was medically retired from the Army, and about two-and-a-half years after fighting in the first Gulf War. Just mere minutes into our first conversation where we met at a health […]

By |November 11th, 2015|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

15 Minutes to Immortality: Journalistic integrity and right to control information flow

Fame. Many want it; some get it. Even more have the chance with reality television, the Internet, and essentially every means technology allows us to put ourselves out there. Yes, Andy Warhol’s prophecy, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” seems to be entirely plausible.

For the sake of accuracy, the photographer […]

By |October 30th, 2015|FAN-Fair|0 Comments