Journalism: The First Draft of History
Is yesterday history? What about last week? At some point, the past eventually becomes history, but where exactly do we draw the line? Join Mary, Gary, Eryn, and special guest Matthew Housiaux, Reporter on the White House and State and Local Governments at The Kiplinger Letter, as they discuss the complex relationship between history and journalism. What does "good journalism" mean, and how does a diligent approach to consuming and recording current events help future historians?
Additional BRI Resources
Yellow Journalism, Sensationalism, and Media Tycoons
While “fake news” has become a concern in recent years, America has seen its periods of untrustworthiness in media before. In this episode, Mary, Gary, and Eryn explore the agendas of media tycoons like Pulitzer and Hearst during the age of “yellow journalism.” Did these big players overstep their boundaries by reporting rumors over facts to drive sales? How should we as a culture balance the rights of the First Amendment while also being truthful, responsible agents?
Teaching with Current Events | BRI’s #TenthPeriod Webinar Series
In this first in our new series of "Tenth Period" webinars for educators, Bill of Rights Institute staff members Kirk Higgins, Rachel Davison Humphries, and Chris Janson address the opportunities and challenges of teaching with current events, while introducing free BRI resources to help teachers set a tone for civil conversations, teach media literacy, and use the new BRI current events dashboard as a tool for finding material to easily integrate current events into daily lessons.
Freedom of the Press
Explore various landmark court cases where the right to a free press was tested. Freedom of the Press is essential to the maintenance of free government and is guaranteed by the first amendment. Learn more about this right in the cases below.