Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “The Kavanaugh Controversy Meets Fake News. Real Fake News.” published in The Washington Post on Sept. 21. The opinion piece by Erik Wemple focuses on tweets…

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Posted: September 24, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was quoted in “CBS Corp. Subpoenas PR Firm’s Contacts with Journalists in Ongoing Legal Dispute” published on CBSNEWS.com on Aug. 28. The article focuses on an ongoing legal battle…

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Posted: August 30, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was quoted in “Rapper Jailed for Song Threatening Police Tries a Free Speech Appeal – and Loses” published in The Washington Post on Aug. 22. The article focuses on…

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Posted: August 23, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was quoted in “She Urged Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. Her Lawyers Say it was Free Speech,” published in The Washington Post on July 10. The article focuses on…

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Posted: July 12, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications,  was quoted in Erik Wemple’s opinion column, “Did President Trump Defame the Red Hen?,” published in The Washington Post on June 25. Wemple recounts Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ expulsion from…

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Posted: July 9, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, is the author of “Fane Lozman’s Long Fight to Criticize Riviera Beach May Go On, Supreme Court Rules” published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 19. In the column, Calvert…

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Posted: June 21, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “Experts Question TV Station’s Role in Orlando Police Hostage Negotiation” published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 15. The article focuses on a hostage situation where a man…

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Posted: June 18, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, authored “College Campuses as First Amendment Combat Zones and Free-Speech Theatres of the Absurd: The High Price of Protecting Extremist Speakers for Shouting Matches and Insults,” published in the spring 2018 issue…

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Posted: May 8, 2018

The presidential election of 2016 brought with it multiple accusations of so-called fake news, along with actual examples of fictional stories, such as one that spawned a real-life shooting at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. With a flood of information from countless sources, it’s increasingly challenging to combat fake news and…

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Posted: April 27, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, is quoted in “Can Anti-Profanity Laws and the Fighting Words Doctrine Be Squared with the First Amendment?” published in the April 2018 edition of the ABA Journal. The article addresses the…

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Posted: April 4, 2018

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, and Austin Vining, J.D./Ph.D. student, co-authored an article included in the fall issue of the First Amendment Law Review published by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “Filtering Fake News Through a Lens…

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Posted: March 30, 2018

By Clay Calvert Thousands of high school students across the nation left their classes March 14 precisely at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes. The walkout served two purposes: to honor the 17 people – including 14 students – killed exactly one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,…

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Posted: March 29, 2018