Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group

Luncheon Speakers

Christopher S. Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, shared his thoughts on the future of local broadcasting in this digital age during a wide-ranging …  Read More »

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Meta Engagement Plan Could Affect News Industry – Again

After years of Meta steadily walking away from news on its platforms, the company’s new AI tool is now using the work of those outlets   … Read More »

Web Publishers Brace as Google Adds AI Answers

As tech giant Google gears up this week for Google I/O, its annual developer conference, creators are worried about the expanding reach of its new   … Read More »

8 Major Newspapers File Lawsuit Against OpenAI, Microsoft

Eight major daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News, sued OpenAI and Microsoft on April 30, joining the backlash to  … Read More »

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

American TV Is Changing for Better or Worse
By Adonis Hoffman, Esq.

The American TV market is changing before our very eyes, presenting viewers, creators, and advertisers an unprecedented degree of choice, convenience, and   …  Read More »

Local Approach May Be Key to Combating Digital Discrimination
By Stuart N. Brotman

Remember when the “digital divide” was developed as a shorthand to describe those Americans who had broadband network access compared to those   …  Read More »

Threats on Campuses Need To Be Dealt With Directly
By Stuart N. Brotman

The recent explosive congressional hearing with presidents from among some of the nation’s most elite universities – Harvard, MIT, and the University of   …  Read More »

The Institute participated with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media groups recently in the following friend-of-the-court briefs and letter.

Intervention by Media Outlets To Challenge Access Restrictions Is Essential

Physician’s Public-Official Status Is Key Under California Anti-SLAPP Law

Identities of State University Committee Members Should Be Public

TMI Board Chairman Dick Wiley (right) received the 2023 Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 6, 2023. Pictured with Dick is BFOA Chairman Scott Herman.

(photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

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Free Speech Week website

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

October 21-27, 2024
Thursday, October 19, 2023


The Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala took place on October 19, 2023, at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington. We honored Bob Woodward with our Freedom of Speech Award and Michael Powell with our American Horizon Award.

Bob Woodward, Author

Bob Woodward
Freedom of Speech Award

Michael Powell

Michael Powell
NCTA President & CEO
American Horizon Award

Michael Powell

Curtis LeGeyt
NAB President & CEO
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