Keep it real: The First Amendment and press freedom

A free society is a result of a free, law-abiding, ethical press. In this lesson you will learn about the First Amendment, the Tinker case, and even how police misunderstand our First Amendment rights. (For media students)

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  1. Keep it real. Our profession depends on it.
  2. We first learn about ethical behavior from our parents and teachers as a young child. But in photojournalism, there are other specific legal rules and ethical behaviors that are specific to our profession. So, I've gathered a few ethical and legal nuggets to help you better understand our laws and ethical boundaries.
  3. The First Amendment:

  4. Understanding the First Amendment of the US Constitution
  5. The First Amendment allows high school journalism students to take on the government, but also national talk show hosts and even ourselves!
  6. However, too many college students believe in restrictions of freedom of the press on their own campuses:
  7. The First Amendment also permits newspapers to sue the U.S. government:
  8. So, how do you exercise your First Amendment rights?
  9. Your first amendment rights at stake
  10. Here are a few lessons on the First Amendent and the Code of Ethics that will help you get legally and ethically fit:
  11. The First Amendment for Dummies: The Basics of the 1st Amendment Explained
  12. And this is a quick lesson for students:
  13. First Amendment Rights for Students
  14. The latter video mentioned the Tinker case. This is Mary Beth Tinker talking about her own case:
  15. Mary Beth Tinker on the First Amendment
  16. So, let's watch a few videos that show police in the violation of press freedom.
    Yes, examples of police arrests might seem extreme, considering there a many ways to violate press rights, but this should help make you aware of the severity of the problem when police do not respect our right to do our jobs while they do theirs.

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