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Attacks on the media only making them stronger

March 5th, 2017 by efitzpatrick

Harrison Connery, senior journalism major at Roger Williams University:


Jon Keller, political analyst for WBZ-TV, welcomed people to the New England First Amendment Coalition awards ceremony on Feb. 24 in Boston, saying: "Ladies, gentlemen, fellow enemies of the people -- glad you could make it out today."


When facts and news diverge

December 2nd, 2016 by efitzpatrick

David A. Logan, professor of law and former dean of the RWU School of Law who has studied and written extensively about First Amendment issues:  

Historically, what information was considered "news" and thus worth publishing was determined by a reporter or editor. The idea was that this provided a screen that would judge not just accuracy but also relevance and context. And indeed, many journalists worked hard to be unbiased in making these determinations, striving toward some version of the New York Times motto: “All the news that's fit to print.”