Resource Insures Free Speech Protected In Training Journalists

March 9, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has launched a new website page as a resource to enable student journalists to defend their First Amendment rights.

Azhar Majeed of FIRE says the foundation’s new resource page will help fledgling journalists understand their rights under the First Amendment as they encounter criticism or verbal threats from school officials who might object to what they’re reporting.

“They may face threats from university administrations when they report on a controversial issue, or when they write something that is critical of the administration or of a university policy or decision,” he says.

He tells OneNewsNow that freedom of speech is as important on college campuses as anywhere else.

“Freedom of the press is one of the core rights protected under the First Amendment,” he explains. “It’s as important on college campuses as it is in society at large, because colleges are where student journalists are trained before they go on to their professional careers. So it’s very important for them to understand the rights and principles at stake.”

Majeed says the resources offered on the website include tips for student journalists, past writings from FIRE on free-press issues, examples of FIRE cases involving student newspapers and media outlets, and more.