The Reynolds Journalism Institute will host a one-day multidisciplinary program intended to appeal to both students and professionals, with sessions addressing legal and historical issues relating to the First Amendment that are of interest to students, lawyers, and journalists. Rather than attempting to conduct a formal legal training program for journalists covering topics in media law, the focus of the sessions will be on selected cutting-edge issues involving online communication, student speech, transparency in government, and challenges for digital entrepreneurs.
This event will be sponsored by the Liberty Tree Initiative, an informal coalition of educators, journalists, librarians, artists and authors with a shared interest in building awareness of the First Amendment through education and information. It was founded in partnership with the American Society of Newspaper Editors, with help and support from the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
The Liberty Tree Initiative commemorates the elm tree near Boston Common, where in 1765, America’s earliest patriots first spoke of the need for a new nation founded on liberty. We seek to kindle a new passion for liberty through a vibrant conversation of the age-old issues and tackling cutting-edge problems that make the First Amendment an essential safeguard for freedom in the modern world.
In keeping with the traditions of the Liberty Tree Initiative, the day will be marked by planting of a new "Liberty Tree" on the Mizzou campus, a living reminder of the importance of free speech in the heart of a public university.
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Plenary. 9-10:15 a.m. Robert O'Neil
From John Stuart Mill to Julian Assange: The History of the First Amendment
The First Amendment: just 45 words long, yet those words are called upon to help guide a society that is radically different from the one in which the Founding Fathers lived. In this century, the First Amendment has been the setting for countless battles, whether over campaign finance laws, hate speech, anonymous sources or most recently, Internet piracy. Where do our First Amendment freedoms stand today? And where did they begin? Join Robert O’Neil, an eminent First Amendment scholar and the former president of the University of Virginia.
By now, we are used to the fact that the camera’s lens is omnipresent. If we do not have a camera within arm’s reach in a phone, tablet or laptop, we are rarely more than steps away from someone who does. Concerns about privacy are at an all-time peak, even as our understanding of personal privacy continues to evolve. Police record citizens, and citizens record police in turn -- sometimes with explosive results. What is the role of the photojournalist in this world? How does technology change the job, and how does the photojournalist exercise his or her First Amendment rights in the face of public pressure and government restraint? The panel will discuss their experiences on the cutting edge of these issues.
Social media is reshaping the way we gather and distribute news. Join us for a look at the School of Journalism’s exciting foray into the world of social media as a way to create broadcast news. KOMU was the first TV station in the world to integrate Google+ hangouts on the air, and its creators will join us -- via Google+, of course -- for a look at how emerging technologies are creating new audiences, and new issues.
If there is one lesson that media lawyers love to drum into their clients, it’s that just because you find content online doesn’t mean that you can copy it and use it in your article or on your website. Determining whether you can use someone else’s material for journalistic purposes can quickly lead you into a maze of licenses and copyright laws with the threat of draconian penalties hanging overhead. However, all hope is not lost. Although “fair use” of copyrighted material is a complicated concept, many journalism organizations rely on fair use on a daily basis. Vast amounts of material are also available for public use under open licenses, such as those published by Creative Commons. And many legal resources exist to help you navigate intellectual property questions. In this session, a panel of open-license advocates and attorneys will discuss these concepts, and demonstrate how Creative Commons-licensed material and the reasonable assertion of fair use rights can be used to develop and to enhance a compelling news story.
The Supreme Court in 1969 famously said that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Since that time, however, courts and scholars have hotly debated whether and to what extent students can be punished by a school for what they say. Can a student be punished for speech occurring outside of school, in online settings? Can a student be punished for speech critical of school leadership? Should the growing fear of cyberbullying impact the ability of a school to respond to student speech?