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Freedom of Speech Requires a Free Press
May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, 6:00 PM
One of the most common complaints a newspaper editor hears is that she/he is violating a reader’s Constitutional right by not running his/her letter. Well, that’s not exactly what the First Amendment guarantees. Drawing upon real-life experiences, Darrell Ehrlick discusses what the roles and responsibilities of a free press are in light of the First Amendment, and what it doesn’t mean. He’ll also touch on the differences between journalism and media – and how the Constitutional guarantee of a free press, doesn’t guarantee the press’ existence. He’ll also discuss how social media helps and hinders journalism. During the presentation, he’ll share examples of being a newspaper editor in different states, and take questions and comments about covering the Treasure State, and the press’ role historically in Montana. Darrell Ehrlick is Editor of The Billings Gazette.