Marion Brechner First Amendment Project Recognized for Advocacy Work Since the Trump Election
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project was featured in “10 Overlooked Press Groups That Deserve Support,” published in the Columbia Journalism Review on July 14.
In the article, Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Project director, comments on making the top ten list of lesser known free speech organizations worthy of attention for dealing with First Amendment issues since the Trump election.
“The Project analyzes current First Amendment issues—from whether rap music lyrics constitute true threats of violence to the constitutionality of regulating fake news—by filing friend-of-the-court briefs, writing scholarly articles, publishing op-eds, and providing testimony if needed to legislative bodies,” said Calvert. “Hopefully the public benefits most. That’s why going beyond writing academic articles and amicus briefs is so important. Responding swiftly and thoughtfully to great questions posed by journalists’ calls and emails really is key in the public education process.”