press freedom

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Government transparency depends on freedom of information

Since the 1960s, the Freedom of Information Act has kept Americans in the know about what their government is doing.
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Who gets to say what you can read?

Freedom of speech also means free access to information. Banned Books Week raises awareness about censorship.
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International Day of Democracy: Shareable quotes

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy, a day to honor the values of freedom, respect for human rights, and free and transparent elections.
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College newspapers are a proving ground

In the U.S., many journalists gain career experience while they are students, by reporting news for their schools' newspapers, radio stations or websites.
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A day in the life of a college newspaper editor

Can a school activity prepare you to be a reporter? ShareAmerica asked a former editor at Princeton University's daily paper what she learned.
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May 3: Learn about press freedom and its role in society...

Join us on May 3 for an interactive webchat with a panel of experts to discuss the importance of media freedom and its role in a democratic society.
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Helping women find the stories you don’t see anywhere else

Aiming for a news model based on the local communities of developing countries, the Global Press Institute trains women to be working journalists.
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So you want to be a TV reporter … [video]

Get tips from award-winning news anchor Richard Lui to see if you have what it takes to be a broadcast journalist.
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Imprisoned for what they believe [video]

Political prisoners who are unjustly detained have lost their freedoms and been removed from their loved ones' lives too. Sometimes for years.