Showdown on Campus: When Press Freedom and Protests Collide


Across the nation, racial tensions  are spilling onto quads and front pages as student protesters demand that their colleges do more to ensure students of all races and ethnicities feel welcome on campus. But in some cases, it’s not just university administrators who face scrutiny: Journalists also have drawn the ire of protesters demanding improved campus climates.

From University of Missouri activists trying to eject journalists from a protest to challenges to the funding of a Wesleyan University student newspaper, journalists have been covering sensitive issues of race while attempting — sometimes unsuccessfully — to avoid becoming part of the story themselves.

Join the Education Writers Association at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time on December 8 as we examine immediate challenges facing journalists covering campus activism — including how to defend First Amendment press protections diplomatically and how to assess colleges’ racial climate before protests arise. This webinar will feature insights from Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, and Shaun Harper, executive director of the Center for Race and Equity in Education and an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.