Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

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

Clay Calvert, Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, was quoted in “Do Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have the Right to Mislead Women? The Supreme Court Will Decide” published on Refinery29.com on March 20.

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Posted: March 27, 2018

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) will be relocating its headquarters to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) by summer 2018. UFCJC will now be home to three units at the forefront of freedom of information and First Amendment issues: NFOIC, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project.

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Posted: March 15, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, authored “What the National School Walkout Says About Schools and Free Speech” published in The Conversation on March 14.

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Posted: March 14, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “Blac Chyna’s Lawyer Calls Release of Revenge Porn Video a Crime – But Exactly What is It?” published on Yahoo Lifestyle on Feb. 20.

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Posted: February 22, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “Judge Orders Las Vegas Review-Journal to Destroy Autopsy Report” written by Rachel Crosby, B.S. Journalism 2015, and published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 9.

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Posted: February 16, 2018

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “A Las Vegas Newspaper Killed a Story on Steve Wynn. Why Can’t Anyone Recall the Details?” published in The Washington Post on Feb. 5.

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Posted: February 8, 2018

Journalism Professor Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, and Frank LoMonte, director of the College’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, filed a joint amicus brief in support of the U.S. Supreme Court case Fane Lozeman v.…

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Posted: January 3, 2018