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March 20 Saturday

THE CRISIS OF THE PRESS AND DEMOCRACY: SAVING THE PRESS FUNCTION; Yale Law School Abrams Institute for Free Expression and Information Society Project

  • Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:00PM - 4:30PM
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  • Open To The Yale Community
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Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-crisis-of-the-press-and-democracy-saving-the-press-function-tickets-137463273351

March 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (EST) and March 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (EST) 

 

12:00 noon -1:30pm  The Press that Citizens Need

What kind of journalism do we need to support our democratic government?  Who structures our public democratic conversation?

Penny Abernathy, Visiting Professor, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Knight Chair Emeritus, University of North Carolina

Letrell Crittenden, PhD, Program Director, Communication Program and Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Jay Rosen, Associate Professor/Studio 20, Director, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Ben Smith, Media Columnist, The New York Times

Moderator:  Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

1:45 - 3:00 pm   Frenemies of the Press

The impact of social media on the press; how social media alters, impedes, undermines and/or supports the press.

Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Olivier Sylvain, Professor of Law, Fordham School of Law

Moderator:  Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law, St John’s University School of Law

3:00 - 4:15 pm  Structural Fixes to Protect and Enhance the Press, PART I

Antitrust, tax, nonprofit entities, government funding, data privacy regulation, regulation of social media and search engines, and other potential options for supporting and enhancing press functions and institutions.

Jay Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication, Chair, Department of Communication; Director, Stanford Journalism Program, Stanford University

Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean and Judge C.S. Leedy Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law

Rasmus Kleis, Nielsen Professor of Political Communication, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford 

Moderator:  Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale Law School

 

March 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (EST)

12:00 noon -1:15 pm  Structural Fixes to Protect and Enhance the Press, PART II

Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Lina Khan, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Steve Waldman, President and Co-Founder of Report for America

Moderator:  Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale Law School

1:30 - 2:45 pm  Interpreting the Press Clause

Why and what should be the press clause’s role? How should it be interpreted? What role might it play in addressing the current crisis? How should it be employed in the new media era?

Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Sonja West, Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Moderator:  RonNell Andersen Jones, Lee. E. Teitelbaum Endowed Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

3:00 -4:15 pm  Who is “the Press?”

How do we identify the entities that are now performing the core press functions? What are the benefits and drawbacks of broader or narrower definitions of “the press”? Who and what are we mobilizing to protect?

Amy Gajda, The Class of 1937 Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School

Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School   

David Schulz, Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Researcher Scholar in Law, Yale Law School

Moderator: Sandra Baron, Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow, Yale Law School

4:15 - 4:30 pm  Conclusions

This conference is made possible by generous support received from The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund

 

 

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Abrams, ISP