Farewell First Amendment, hello pizza!

Monday was the 12th annual First Amendment Free* Food Festival at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As in previous years, students had to sign away their First Amendment rights in order to receive free pizza and soda on the patio outside Dunham Hall. Once they do, they get a little reminder of what life is like…

SPJ: How journalists can support the PRESS Act

Journalists’ ability to keep their sources confidential and information secure is vital to newsgathering and the public’s access to information. Because there is currently no federal reporter’s shield law, journalists are vulnerable to demands for their sources and newsgathering materials in federal court. The government can force phone and email providers to out journalists’ confidential…

St. Louis Press Club, SPJ president support our call for Parson to apologize

Press Club: Governor’s threats endanger freedom of the press “Freedom of the press and reliable reporting are now, more than ever, critically important. If Missouri is truly the Show-Me State that cares about honest, in-depth reporting, show the Post-Dispatch the respect it deserves for presenting the facts to uphold the integrity of the state’s educational…

St. Louis SPJ condemns Gov. Parson’s attack on journalists

To threaten journalists for doing their jobs is the very definition of governmental overreach. Today Gov. Mike Parson announced that he intends to prosecute the reporters of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for uncovering a potentially disastrous security flaw in the state’s web infrastructure. This gesture goes beyond mere overreach, to create a chilling effect discouraging…