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Power Shift Project Graduates Record Number of ‘Workplace Integrity’ Trainers from Leading Newsrooms and Universities

Power Shift Project

A record-breaking 55 media leaders participated in the project’s one-of-a-kind “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” workshop Oct. 16-17 at Loyola University Chicago.
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First Five Newsletter: October 17, 2019

First Five

Facebook’s political advertisement policies, assaulting journalists a federal crime and more.
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From NBA to Trump to our ears and eyes, how free speech works

Freedom of Speech

Other nations may have rules or laws that in some fashion say they protect or really do protect freedom of speech, but none has quite the same strong constitutional protection that we have in the U.S.
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Summer 2018: Maritza Cruz

Maritza Cruz (2018) reflects on her CQS internship experience.
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First Five Newsletter: October 10, 2019

First Five

Honoring religious identity, National Newspaper Week, upcoming Religious Freedom Center programs and more
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Protecting Religious Freedom Has a Domino Effect

Religious Freedom

The recent death of a turbaned Sikh law enforcement officer sparks conversation over the fact that some members of minority religious communities are still forced to decide between serving their country and honoring their religious identities.
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Former Sex Offenders Can Proceed with Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions on Internet Use

Internet Feature

A group of former sex offenders may continue with their lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC’s) restrictive policy on internet access for those convicted of sex crimes.
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First Five Newsletter: October 3, 2019

First Five

Comedy and free speech, religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in the courts, First Amendment commentary by Donald Trump Jr. and more.
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Funny or Not, Speech is Still Free

Microphone

The joke is on you, because that’s how the First Amendment works.
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Summer 2018: Jayla Jackson

Jayla Jackson (Summer 2018) reflects on her CQS internship experience.
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