FIRE Regional Conference

FIRE Regional Conference

FIRE’s Fall 2019 Regional Conference: Freedom of the Press

This event offers students a chance to explore the First Amendment with a special focus on how it relates to student journalists and student media.

Whether you are a student journalist or have just written a single op-ed, this conference will provide the opportunity to build on your journalistic foundations in order to advance a key element of the First Amendment — freedom of the press.

What are the details?

The FIRE Regional Conference: Freedom of the Press will take place October 18–19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

What are we doing?

The conference will explore social media and the First Amendment, what censorship threats student journalists should be on the lookout for, how to effectively communicate with administrators, and many other issues that exist at the intersection of press and campus life.

Freedom of the Press Keynote Speaker: Mike Masnick

Mike Masnick is the founder & editor of the popular Techdirt blog as well as the founder of the Silicon Valley think tank, the Copia Institute. In both roles, he explores the intersection of technology, innovation, policy, law, civil liberties, and economics. His writings have been cited by Congress and the EU Parliament. According to a Harvard Berkman Center study, his coverage of the SOPA copyright bill made Techdirt the most linked-to media source during the course of that fight. Masnick and Techdirt have also been key players in the ongoing battles over net neutrality, encryption and anti-SLAPP laws. Masnick is also known for coining the term “The Streisand Effect,” to describe how attempting to stifle speech online can serve to draw even more attention.

What’s included?

Housing on Friday, October 18 and meals will be provided for all attendees. A travel reimbursement of up to $200 will be available to help students travel to and from the conference.

Ready to speak out on campus? This is your chance to learn how to assert your free speech rights. Apply today!