First Five Newsletter: July 3, 2019

First Five

Fear’s role in news consumption, Twitter’s new feature, a recent Pew Research Center survey and more.

First Five Column

Lata Nott takes a look at this year’s State of the First Amendment Survey, and considers the impact that fear has on news consumption today. Read the column. A plain text version is available for publishers here.

News

Andy Ngo, a journalist for the online publication Quilette, was attacked by activists from the left-wing militant group Antifa while covering Antifa’s counter-protest to a men’s rights march in Portland, Ore.

Technology

Twitter recently announced a new feature which will flag tweets that violate the platform’s rules, but come from important sources such as politicians and government officials. The policy, which will apply to users with at least 100,000 followers, is intended to promote accountability for offensive tweets while protecting free speech.

Law

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts do not have the right to hear cases on partisan gerrymandering. This ruling raised concerns among many, in part due to the impact gerrymandering can have on First Amendment rights, as it enables politicians to diminish the votes of citizens based on their political affiliation and expression.

Scholarship

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, Republicans are more likely to believe that fact-checking organizations are biased, with 70 percent of Republicans polled saying that fact-checkers tend to favor one side in contrast to 29 percent of Democrats polled.

Commentary

Writing for Nieman Reports, Mark Effron discusses collaborative and interdisciplinary journalism as the “key to survival” for the industry.


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