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2018 Orientation: Amanda Zhou

CQS, Bike mural

Sara Ernst, Andy Field and Amanda Zhou (Summer 2018) report on a bicycle tour company during CQS orientation in Nashville, Tenn., in May.

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Where in the world are our Chipsters: Tampa, Fla.

Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series to see who covered an NFL game in Tampa, Fla.
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Federal Appeals Court Rules Letter Possessed by Jailhouse Lawyer Not Protected Speech

A Wisconsin-based inmate did not have a First Amendment right to help another inmate draft a group petition, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision is disturbing and shows the lack of respect that some courts have for inmates’ free-speech rights.
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Note to White House: You Don’t Get to Decide the “Rules,” Either

White House

Even as the White House restored the “hard pass” to CNN’s Jim Acosta, permitting him onto White House grounds, it promulgated some new, unrealistic rules for journalists.
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Gay Rights Activist and Supreme Court Victor Left His Mark on the First Amendment

Raymond Wayne Hill, who passed away at the age of 78 on November 24, was known for his championing of gay rights causes and his social activism. He co-founded Houston’s first LGBTQ organization, helped to galvanize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, and served as executive director of the Houston Human Rights League.
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Midterm Misinformation Trends and the Most Shared News Stories on Social Media

The U.S. midterm elections were a test of whether we’ve learned anything about how to deal with the spread of misinformation.
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Court Grants Preliminary Relief to Student Wearing T-shirts about Gun Ownership and Weapons

A public high school student in Wisconsin engaged in protected expression when he wore t-shirts with images of and messages about guns and gun ownership to his school, a federal
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Sorry Mr. President — You Don’t Get to Choose

Acosta, CNN, Trump, free press, freedom of the press

Whoever told you that you should pull Jim Acosta’s security pass — or failed to tell you that you shouldn’t — was wrong.
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Power Shift Project Graduates Its Latest Class of Trainers

Power Shift Project, Workplace Integrity, Trainers

A third group of trainers completed the “Workplace Integrity” workshop and are qualified to facilitate this unique training.
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Making the Web, Social Media ‘Better’ Places — with Caution

We need to temper calls to “protect” ourselves from that which we do not like, lest we replace such with sanitized content intended to pacify rather than inform.
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