Marvin Kalb

Marvin Kalb on Current Challenges to the Freedom of the Press

On March 30, 2017, Marvin Kalb, former Shorenstein Center director, delivered commentary on the threats to U.S. democracy posed by the Trump administration. The talk was sponsored by the Press Freedom Committee of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Transcript…

Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen on Russia and Trump, Media Coverage, and Conspiracies

March 28, 2017— Masha Gessen, author and New York Times contributing opinion writer, shared her views on Presidents Trump and Putin, and words of caution for journalists covering the Trump administration’s alleged connections to Russia, during a visit to the…

Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen—The Deciders: The Future of Free Speech in a Digital World

2016 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center, Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic, delivered the ninth…

Philip Bennett - News and Democracy: The Missing Pieces

Philip Bennett – News and Democracy: The Missing Pieces

March 8, 2016 — Philip Bennett, former managing editor for The Washington Post and PBS’s FRONTLINE, explored how the promise of the digital revolution has fallen short for some aspects of media and civic engagement, and why news outlets should…

Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism

A paper by David Ensor, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and former director of the Voice of America (VOA), makes the case for protecting and strengthening VOA as an independent journalistic voice in order to increase American soft power. VOA’s…

Nadine Strossen: “Free Expression: An Endangered Species on Campus?”

2015 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press October 7, 2015 – Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and former ACLU president, delivered the eighth annual Salant Lecture on Freedom…

The Newsroom as an Open Air Prison: Corruption and Self-Censorship in Turkish Journalism

A paper by Yavuz Baydar, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014), and columnist, blogger, and co-founder of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), examines current threats to freedom of the press in Turkey. Although imprisonment of journalists has declined in Turkey, 2014…

The Health of Democracy: The Role of the Media with Alex S. Jones

A free press and public access to information and a broad range of ideas and opinions were considered so essential for a healthy democratic republic that the Founders included protection for freedom of the press in the First Amendment to…

Margaret H. Marshall: “Democracy v. the First Amendment? New Tensions in a New Age”

Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press with Margaret H. Marshall November 13, 2014 – Margaret Marshall, former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, delivered the annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press, where…

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick: Supreme Court increasingly wary of the media and Internet

October 28, 2014 — Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and a prominent legal analyst, expressed deep concerns about the relationship between the press and the U.S. Supreme Court, noting that the Justices have become “increasingly mistrustful” of news media….