About 60% of people believe that the media perpetuates faith-based stereotypes rather than protecting against them, according to a survey by HarrisX. On Wednesday, local faith and media leaders joined together during the “Covering Faith: Facts & Friction in the News Media” First Amendment Days event to discuss solutions on how they can cooperate to bring religion back into local media in good faith.
First Amendment Days is a weeklong celebration of our First Amendment freedoms – religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. This year the celebration will be April 10-14. A diverse assortment of speakers, events and activities are offered on campus every spring as a creative way to engage students and the entire Iowa State community to better understand the power of free expression.
As part of #StudentPressFreedom day on Feb. 23, Mark Witherspoon, retired editorial advisor for the Iowa State Daily, and Kylee Haueter, Daily editor-in-chief, spoke about their experiences fighting for student press freedom. Students in JLMC497D First Amendment seminar attended the discussion and wrote blogs reflecting on what they heard. One of those blogs is published below.
Connor Bahr is a student at Iowa State University studying anthropology, French, and journalism and mass communication.
As part of #StudentPressFreedom day on Feb. 23, Mark Witherspoon, retired editorial advisor for the Iowa State Daily, and Kylee Haueter, Daily editor-in-chief, spoke about their experiences fighting for student press freedom. Students in JLMC497D First Amendment seminar attended the discussion and wrote blogs reflecting on what they heard. One of those blogs is published below. My name is Hannah Patton. I am a senior at Iowa State, studying English with journalism and technical communications minors.
Iowa State University’s First Amendment Days offers attendees an annual opportunity to celebrate their First Amendment rights. This year, the celebration is virtual with a full lineup of online lectures and events April 12-16. All events are free and open to the public.
Join us for a panel discussion with Greenlee student media representatives in honor of #StudentPressFreedom Day, a national day of action to celebrate and support student journalists. With the theme Journalism Against the Odds, hear first-hand how ISU student editors, reporters and producers work tirelessly to provide exceptional news coverage despite challenges. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Whitney Mason, junior in public relations, and Rheya Spigner, KCCI 8 News anchor and reporter, will be recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 12, as part of the 2019 First Amendment Days celebration.
The Greenlee School hosts its 17th annual First Amendment Days April 8 through 12, and the celebration is bigger than ever! This year’s theme is “Express Yourself.” The schedule includes panels, a workshop, the Feast on the First with an art demo by artist and influencer Timmy Ham (@iamsloth), and a lecture and live performance by Simon Tam of The Slants. See the complete schedule online.
Simon Tam of The Slants, will present “A Name Worth Fighting For: How Being Asian Got Me in Trouble,” at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Memorial Union Great Hall as part of First Amendment Days, April 8-12. The First Amendment series will continue on April 23 with “Shut Up and Dance,” a musical celebration of the First Amendment.