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Online journalism steps up in Pulitzer race

The Pulitzer Prizes of 2024 were notable for online news outlets winning more awards than newspapers. The score was 12 to eight. With the decline of print newsrooms, there has been an increase in online editions and with the Pulitzer count this year hope that hard-nosed journalism may yet prevail. (NiemanLab, May 7, 2024, by Joshua Benton) For related FAC coverage, click here.

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Biden still stonewalling press

A Washington Post editorial, May 8, 2024, criticized President Joe Biden for evading press conferences. In the last 100 years only Nixon and Reagan gave fewer conferences. Biden also answers few questions on the way to an event. The editorial said, “Taking questions from the media promotes public accountability. It also shows that the president is willing to defend his positions and instills confidence that he can do the job.” For related FAC coverage, click

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Moderation urged in dealing with pro-Palestinian protests

Meg Little Reilly of the University of Vermont in Forbes, April 30, 2024, urges universities to refrain from extreme actions to curtail pro-Palestinian protests. Over 1,000 protesters have been arrested forcefully. “Responses to students should be tailored to match the energy level and actions of the crowd,” writes Reilly, “If a few individuals are behaving in a dangerous or threatening manner, broad action should not be taken against the crowd when those individuals can be

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Net neutrality back but faces difficult challenges

The Federal Communications Commission restored Obama-era net neutrality aimed by preventing broadband providers like Verizon or Comcast from blocking or slowing down service to competitors like Netflix or YouTube. The rules make broadband similar to a utility regulated like phones and water. Free speech advocates favor net neutrality as vital to preserving access to the internet. (The New York Times, April 25, 2024, by Cecilia Kang) Eva Dou in The Washington Post, April 25, 2024,

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Court battle next in attempts to ban TikTok

Now that President Joe Biden singed a bill requiring TikTok to sell or face a ban, TikTok stated that they will challenge the law in court on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment rights of users. (Politico, April 24, 2024, by Rebecca Kern) The First Amendment prohibits the government from enacting laws that limit freedom of speech. Critics have tried to justify restrictions on TikTok for its being a propaganda machine for China

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