Archive for August, 2009

New scholastic research

August 19, 2009

By David Bulla

An Arkansas research study shows that newspapers at larger high schools in that state increased their coverage of controversial matters in news and feature stories after a 1994 protective law for student free expression took effect. (more…)

Planting First Amendment seeds

August 8, 2009

By David Bulla

Monument to the original Liberty Tree at Washington in Essex near Boston Common (photo by David Bulla)

Monument to the original Liberty Tree at Washington and Essex near Boston Common (photo by David Bulla)

BOSTON — Sandy Chance, mass communication law professor at the University of Florida, and Gene Gene Policinski, director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., planted some pretty good seeds for those who want to raise consciousness about freedom of expression at a journalism educators’ conference Friday (Aug. 7).

In a panel titled “Instilling Appreciation for the First Amendment, On Our Campuses and Beyond,” Chance and Policinski made a pitch for planing Liberty Trees. As Chance observed, Boston was the appropriate place to discuss the idea. After all, Samuel Adams and other Patriots used an elm that stood on what is now Washington and Essex near Boston Common as a rallying point for their grievances against the British monarchy two and a half centuries again. (more…)

Lee-Ling release and reporting’s challenge

August 5, 2009

By David Bulla

The release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Tuesday (Aug. 4) from their 12-year prison sentence for spying  in North Korea reminds us of how perilous reporting can be. (more…)