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Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

‘Be nice’ is not needed during crisis — but a free press is

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The concept of a free press as provided for and protected by the nation’s founders was that of a robust set of independent critics, working to hold government accountable on behalf of a public and of particular value to voters.
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Webinar Recap: COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

Representatives of seven journalism affinity groups spoke with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler in the second Power Shift Project webinar focusing on caring for journalists and journalism while covering the COVID-19 story.
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CQS Coverage: Covid-19

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Showcasing coverage by Chips Quinn Scholars of the Covid-19 pandemic
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COVID 19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

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Sixteen newsroom, education and industry leaders gathered for a Power Shift Project webinar led by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership, on Monday, March 23.
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COVID-19: Getting good information as virus crisis unfolds

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In times of crisis, from natural disasters to 9/11 and more, a free press has consistently delivered the goods, saving lives and asking the necessary and often inevitable challenging questions of the public officials on whom we depend for safety and security.
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Chipsters in the World: New Orleans

Chipsters in the World: New Orleans

Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series.
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The First Amendment protects activities adjacent to voting, but stops short of voting itself

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The right to express your political opinion is incredibly valuable and deserving of the utmost protection. But it’s strange that the same protection doesn’t extend to your ability to actually enact political change.
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Reflection: Seth Prince, University of Oklahoma

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Seth Prince (1999) reflects on the controversy involving an OU professor who used a racial slur in class.
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Chipsters in the World: St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series.
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Google v. Oracle: Tech battle ultimately about free speech

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Current Supreme Court case between Google and Oracle could limit our ability to communicate with each other, dampening the web’s potential for increasing public engagement in debate and decision on matters that affect us all.
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