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Webinar Recap: Health, Science and Business Reporters Battle Misinformation, Lack of Access

COVID-19: Health, Science and Business Writers on Covering the Pandemic

Journalists covering the COVID 19 pandemic are struggling to access credible information as the public seeks the facts on a fast-changing story.
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Webinar Recap: Local News Audiences Grow As Pandemic Changes Journalism

COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

The leaders of 11 major journalism organizations that are helping their members manage the challenges of covering the story came together for the Power Shift Project’s third webinar on COVID-19, led by Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler.
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‘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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