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NNA provides its members with content to reprint or post to websites.

This content includes columns by directors and NNA member newspapers, Freedom Forum Institute's First Amendment columns/ editorials (available weekly) and more. 

PERSPECTIVE: First Amendment Day is a reminder we get to have a say

Sep 16, 2021

Constitution Day, Sept. 17, and First Amendment Day, Sept. 25, are both opportunities to celebrate the beauty and acknowledge the challenges of democracy. Above all, they remind us that we get to have ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Restricting speech in the name of safety, from panic to pandemic

Sep 9, 2021

Enacted just weeks after Sept. 11, the USA PATRIOT Act restricted civil liberties more than most agreed was necessary to protect national security. The act expired in 2020, just as a new threat, COVID-19, ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Protect assembly and petition by preserving listening at public meetings

Sep 2, 2021

Many public meetings are becoming so contentious – even violent – that they push the boundaries of the First Amendment’s right “peaceably to assemble,” says Gene Policinski, ...

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A shot in the arm for small business advertising - op-ed available

Aug 26, 2021

NNA is excited about the possibility of action in the Senate on legislation that would create several tax credits to help community newspapers. One is a credit that your advertisers could use to buy space ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Some First Amendment back-to-school advice

Aug 26, 2021

How can public school students express themselves in school this year? And what can parents or administrators do if they don’t like that expression? Here’s what students, administrators and ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Can the First Amendment protect educators from being fired for teaching about race?

Aug 19, 2021

A trend across the country has legislatures and education departments in more than 25 states working to ban some discussions of race in schools. Special correspondent Tony Mauro looks into why teachers ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Public schools need constitutional and religious literacy

Aug 5, 2021

As students head back to school, teachers and coaches have a First Amendment responsibility to model religious literacy, writes David Callaway, showing what happens when religious literacy is missing from ...

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PERSPECTIVE: Protect voting like we protect free speech

Jul 29, 2021

Voting is a fundamental expression of views, but courts are more likely to OK restrictions on voting than on other forms of expression, says Lata Nott, who argues that voting should be protected as vigorously ...

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PERSPECTIVE: 5 US Olympic athletes who flexed their first amendment muscles

Jul 22, 2021

Athletes throughout history have used their fame to shine spotlights on injustice or stand up for their beliefs. Ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, remember these U.S. Olympic athletes, featured in the ...

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