Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “Without Formal Complaint, Richard Spencer Will Not Be Able to Speak at UF” broadcast on Gainesville, Fla. ABC-affiliate WCJB-TV on Aug. 31. Calvert commented on UF’s decision to deny a request to rent space on Sept. 12 for…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “’Calling Someone Transgender is Not an Insult’: Landmark Ruling in Richard Simmons Case” published on INTO on Aug. 31. In the article, Calvert argues that while there might be setbacks…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

As the current presidential administration continues to wage war against the media, either through “fake news” finger pointing, defamation cases or limiting access to public information, there are superheroes behind the scenes protecting journalism and journalists’ right to access information and share it with the public. Charles Tobin, B.S. Journalism…

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Posted: August 30, 2017

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, authored the column “When Controversial Speakers Come to Campus” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 25. In the column, Calvert addresses the recent request made by Richard Spencer, white…

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Posted: August 29, 2017

By Clay Calvert College campuses often are crucibles for free-speech controversies. The first eight months of 2017 were no exception, witnessing multiple incidents where conservative speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos drew opposition, anger and sometimes violence. So what happens when a controversial person – perhaps a non-student who…

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Posted: August 22, 2017

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