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Cure Hazelwood: Student Press Freedom in Rhode Island

Join us to learn more about student press freedom in Rhode Island with

Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center


DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TIME: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  108 Davis Hall, URI Kingston Campus

It has never made much sense that students have more freedom of expression on a T-shirt or baseball cap than on the editorial page of student newspaper.
In Massachusetts (and a number of other states), state leaders have enacted "anti-Hazelwood legislation" to neutralize the 1988 Supreme Court ruling and give students a modicum of protection to address sensitive social and political issues in student media without fear. Laws like this simply restore the sensible balance that existed before the Supreme Court ruling, Hazelwood, that limited the freedom of expression for students. 

Because of the tradition of student activism in Rhode Island, it may be time for Rhode Island to put legislation in place to protect press freedom.  
Join us for a special discussion with Frank LoMonte, who will share ideas about how to incubate a "Cure Hazelwood" movement in Rhode Island.

Frank LoMonte is the Exective Director of the Student Press Law Center and was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.