Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert is quoted in “ACLU Calls on LePage to Stop Censoring Posts to His Facebook Page” published in the Portland Press Herald on July 24. The article focuses on Maine’s Governor Paul LePage and…

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Posted: July 25, 2017

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…

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Posted: July 17, 2017

  Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, is the author of “First Amendment Lawsuit Says President Trump Can’t Block Twitter Followers He Doesn’t Like” published in The Conversation on July…

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Posted: July 12, 2017

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, is quoted in “How Trump’s Attacks on the Media Turned Into Literal Attacks on the Media” published in The Wrap on May 26. Calvert comments on the effect President Trump’s bashing of the…

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Posted: May 30, 2017

“Austin Vining: Ministry of Truth a Looming Danger” was published in The Gainesville Sun on April 27. Vining, a graduate research fellow with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is a former reporter for The Vicksburg Post. Vining comments…

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Posted: May 19, 2017

“Catching Cops on Camera” was the theme of University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert’s TEDxUF talk on April 1 at the Phillips Center in Gainesville. TEDxUF2017 featured nine speakers exploring the idea of transparency, sharing experiences and new perspectives…

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Posted: May 11, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “Trump and Trickle-Down Press Persecution” published in the Columbia Journalism Review Spring 2017 edition. Calvert was one of five press freedom experts speaking on the reinvigoration of the press and…

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Posted: May 10, 2017

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2017-2020. UFRF Professors are faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and…

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Posted: April 13, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced that Frank LoMonte is the new director of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. The Brechner Center, located in the College, is a non-profit educational center addressing issues around freedom of information, libel, privacy, prior restraints,…

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Posted: March 29, 2017

By Clay Calvert Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for United States Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch are fast approaching. It’s time to consider some key questions about First Amendment speech rights the senators should ask during the constitutionally mandated advice-and-consent process. These hearings often are contentious. That was the case for Justice Clarence Thomas in the early 1990s. And they surely…

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Posted: March 13, 2017

By Clay Calvert The aftermath of Donald J. Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton brought with it much handwringing in news media circles and on social media platforms about the dangers of fake news. Some blame fake news for causing Clinton’s defeat, with the erstwhile candidate herself calling it “an epidemic.” But there’s…

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Posted: March 13, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “Pittsburgh becomes the latest city to approve a ban on conversion therapy” published in The Christian Science Monitor on Dec. 14. The Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a ban on…

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Posted: December 15, 2016