Luncheon Speakers

Perry Sook, chairman, president, and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, discusses a range of issues facing broadcasters including ownership caps, consolidation, and ATSC 3.0 at a Communications Forum luncheon at the …

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First Amendment Trends

A collection of timely articles and essays on current developments by members of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.

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The Internet’s Enduring Free Speech Legacy
April 18, 2019 | By Guest Authors: Stuart N. Brotman and Shiela Hawkins

Old Tools in Different Hands: Speech Regulation on Campus
September 27, 2018 | By Greg Lukianoff and Adam Goldstein

Media & Communications Policy Blog

Informed and thoughtful commentary on a variety of First Amendment and communications policy issues.

Broadcasting Today: Energized by Innovation
By Guest Author Gordon Smith

There is a saying that goes, “Everybody has a story to tell.”  My own NAB Show story began a decade ago – almost to this day …

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Campaign To Break Big Tech Is Regulatory Overkill
By Guest Author Adonis Hoffman, Esq.

When Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) first went on the warpath against big banks, she captured the …

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Who Will Keep the Sun Shining?
By Richard T. Kaplar

The news media’s annual celebration of Sunshine Week, which takes place March 10-16, has always called to mind …

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Issue Watch

Newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (pronounced “buddah-jedge”) said that antitrust law

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The House voted Wednesday (April 10) 232 to 190 (with one Republican voting aye) to pass the Democrat-backed Save the

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), author of the Children’s Television Act, wants to extend and expand those regulations to better

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Recent Court Briefs

The Institute participated with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other amici in two friend-of-the-court briefs:

Smith v. Palisades News
Neutral Reportage Doctrine, Wire Service Defense Should Shield Newspaper

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Arkansas Times v. Waldrip
Certification Requirement Compromises Editorial Independence

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We recently participated in an amicus brief w/@rcfp & other amici in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip https://t.co/zHh0QjjLmJ #FirstAmendment #PressFreedom

w/ no more #MnA after @tribunemedia OK till @FCC adjusts ownership limits, Nexstar chief brings actual cap with "78%" on it to @TheMediaInst. amid tech competition, remove 'regulatory shackles.' @MontyTayloe has story tonight @Comm_Daily. https://t.co/MYEnaOdRik

Nexstar CEO Perry Sook says he brought his “national ownership cap” to today’s Media Institute lunch. 78% household reach still isn’t enough to help broadcasters grow and compete, he says.

‘FREE SPEECH AMERICA’ GALA

The Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala on October 24, 2018, honored two distinguished awardees: Chris Wallace of “FOX News Sunday” and Cathy Hughes of Urban One. FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly delivered keynote remarks.

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October 21-27, 2019

Free Speech Week is a yearly,
non-partisan celebration of the value of
free speech and expression.

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