On Saturday, August 10, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication sponsored a panel on academic freedom and the First Amendment. AAUP senior associate general secretary Martin Snyder was a panelist at the event, which was held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Snyder spoke about what journalists can expect when they transition from working in media to working in academia, teaching journalism or media. The First Amendment, which many media veterans are well familiar with, is not the same as academic freedom, though they have some similarities. Academic freedom is not guaranteed to be a legally enforceable right; it is a principle that the AAUP and others seek to promote. On the other hand, Snyder explained, it can apply equally in public and private institutions in a way the First Amendment does not.
Other presenters on the panel were Ronald K. L. Collins (Law, University of Washington), Dwight E. Brooks (Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University), and Ingrid Sturgis (Communications, Howard University).
Snyder, Second from right, with fellow panelists.
Photo by Sarah Mercier
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