Ignorance is Threatening the First Amendment

I’ve spent the first two days of the new academic semester bombarding my mass communication students with my usual “here’s why the First Amendment is important and why you should know it” speech. I believe it’s important to talk about the First Amendment at the very beginning because everything we’re going to do for the […]

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You Need to Learn the First Amendment

I think my students are starting to get hip to what I’m up to. At the start of each semester, in all of my classes, I have a little chat about the First Amendment. My basic plea to them is this: memorize it and think about it. It’s important for Americans — and those who […]

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A Response from Senator Sessions

I’m still keeping up with the progress back home of the proposed federal shield law for journalists. In a previous post, I included my letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I’m from Alabama, by the way, which is why I wrote to him. I […]

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Supporting a Federal Shield Law for Journalists

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering Senate Bill 448 on Thursday. The Free Flow of Information Act would implement a shield law to protect journalists on the federal level. At the moment, American journalists only have such protections at the state level. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is the ranking member of the committee, […]

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