In this special issue of Research and Insights, we unpack the First Amendment as it relates to universities, filming police, social media and the future of journalism.

When Controversial Speakers Come to Campus


What happens when a controversial person – perhaps a non-student who engages in what many would call “hate speech” and whose presence carries with it a possibility of violence – requests to speak on a university campus? The First Amendment takes center stage, balanced against public safety concerns. Clay Calvert, the Brechner Eminent Scholar of Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, shares key principles that help address these often knotty issues.
In this video, Clay Calvert, the Brechner Eminent Scholar of Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, and Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, explain the difference between free speech and hate speech, and when hate speech requires action.

Protecting Journalists
and the First Amendment

When the government attempts to restrict journalists, there are superheroes behind the scenes protecting journalists’ right to access information and share it with the public. Charles Tobin, B.S. Journalism 1984, is one of them.

Is Spam Free Speech?

The protection of free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment is one of the most cherished — and familiar — rights Americans enjoy. In an age when smartphones and social media networks are ubiquitous, where some commercial enterprises abuse their access with potential customers, is spam protected as free speech? 

Are People Who Film
the Police Protected?

The U.S. Supreme Court has never answered this question. To understand, we should turn to what the lower courts have said. 

Is There a Right to Follow Trump’s Twitter Account?

President Trump often objects to what people say about him on Twitter. As a result, he sometimes blocks their access to his account. The novel question arises: Is that unconstitutional? 

Freedom of Press or
Right to Privacy?

Reporting on the actions of public figures is part of the role of news organizations. But, it raises important questions in the battle between privacy and a free press. Does the case of Hulk Hogan V. Gawker create a playbook for punishing the press?

Research and Insights News

CJC professor and alum pen article on corporate social responsibility.

Frank LoMonte comments on the University of South Florida newspaper and school administration issues, is featured on a law and journalism podcast and  comments on First Amendment Issues.

Andrew Selepak comments on American youth and the appeal of neo-nazism, and social media use by millennials.

Jordan Alpert’s research paper featured in October edition of 
Patient Education and Counseling.

Jasmine McNealy publishes article on the effect of using Native American symbols as sports mascots.

Gary Green authors case study on new media technology used for courtroom coverage.
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