ByNicholas Fisher, Clinton Olsasky, Krista Johnson and Lyle Muller |
An IowaWatch college media journalism project in late winter and early spring found a general aversion to limiting speech and expression on several Iowa campuses but willingness among some to regulate speech – hate speech for instance – that threatens someone. One of several stories in this report.
College traditionally is considered a place where open speech and expression are learning tools, taking students deeper into issues. But does a line exist where speech on campus goes too far? This podcast is part of an IowaWatch college media journalism project in which 14 college student journalists spoke to students, faculty and administrators on six Iowa campuses to discuss whether or not limits exist, or should exist, for speech and expression on campus.
Students, teachers and administrators share their thoughts about speech and expression boundaries on Iowa college campuses. READER ADVISORY:
Derogatory language in this report may be viewed as offensive.
Panelists have been confirmed for the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch public forum on Monday, May 2, in Iowa City that examines whether or not limits exist for speech and expression on college campuses. The forum is part of a spring IowaWatch reporting project, “Making Boundaries: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses.”
The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch will hold a public forum on Tuesday, May 2, in Iowa City that examines whether or not limits exist for speech and expression on college campuses. The forum is part of a spring IowaWatch reporting project, “Making Boundaries: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses.”
The public forum will feature four to six guest panelists who will discuss how limits on speech and expression align with the learning experience. The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch was a participant in an April 2, 2016, one-day conference on this topic that the Newseum Institute hosted in Washington, D.C.
“We know this is a hot topic on a lot of college campuses in Iowa and also nationally,” IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller said. “We’ve sent reporters to several Iowa campuses to ask whether or not people really have freedom of speech and expression in all instances. We want to share what those reporters learned and advance the conversation so that people have a clearer idea on their own of the role free speech has in our society and our learning experience.”
The public forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.
We all know what freedom of speech and expression mean, right? Well, maybe not. So The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is launching an investigation: “MAKING BOUNDARIES: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses.” But we need your donations to make it happen.
Does a limit on speech and expression exist on Iowa’s college campuses, where you expect the free flow of ideas to broaden education? Help a team of Iowa college student journalists working with IowaWatch answer that question by giving a tax-deductible donation that supports the students’ efforts. Don’t wait. The deadline to donate is Friday, April 8, 2016.
Jim Bohannon, host of the popular radio news talk programs “The Jim Bohannon Show” and “America in the Morning”, spoke Oct. 2, 2014, in Des Moines at the annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet about the power of the First Amendment, and work he says needs to be done to preserve the freedoms the Amendment promises. You may view his address here in two parts. RELATED:
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The banquet was hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism in partnership with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and Iowa Newspaper Foundation. Additional sponsors were the Associated Press, Iowa Broadcasters Association and the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm of Des Moines.