1. The 2016 keynote speaker was Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in San Francisco. The Freedom of the Press Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government. The organization works to preserve and strengthen the rights guaranteed to the press under the First Amendment.

    Timm is a journalist, activist, and lawyer who writes a twice weekly column for The Guardian on privacy, free speech, and national security. He has contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift, and Politico. Timm formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime general counsel of The New York Times,James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School. In 2013, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism.

    This is what Timm will talk about on First Amendment Day: It has been said that the top decision-makers at Facebook and Google now have more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard than the Supreme Court. From the dominance of social media, to billionaires trying to control the news, and the use of financial censorship, what happens to First Amendment issues in the digital age when the Constitution may not apply?

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  2. On March 24, 2015, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy hosted the second-annual Wade H. Hargrove Media Law and Policy Colloquium, featuring David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp. Mr. Cohen spoke about “The Democratization of Media” and was then interviewed by Donald A. Baer, worldwide chair and chief executive officer of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller. More info at medialaw.unc.edu/events/hargrove-colloquium-2015/

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  3. On March 17, 2015, the Center for Media Law and Policy joined with the UNC Office of Communications and Public Affairs to host a panel discussion moderated by Deborah Gerhardt, assistant professor at the UNC School of Law and an expert on copyright, trademark and plagiarism. The panel explored the rights of creative professionals working in the visual arts and discussed why it is important to protect those rights and how to use copyright and trademark law to do so. The panelists included:

    Justin Cook, Carolina alumnus and professional photographer based in Durham, and
    Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association

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  4. The First Amendment Law Review and its partners, The Center for Media Law and Policy and The American Constitution Society, held it's annual symposium event this on October 24, 2014. This year's topic is Net Neutrality: First Amendment Issues in Internet Regulation. We are pleased to welcome Marvin Ammori, Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation as our keynote speaker, as well as other prestigious scholars from across the country. As with any seminal debate, network neutrality—“net neutrality,” for short—presents a potential sea change for internet users and providers. Advances in technology and business practices are raising issues for both regulators and consumers, as the players compete for control over one of our most powerful modern tools.
    Each of these powers must contend also with the First Amendment. A shield for some and a sword for others, the First Amendment plays an important yet sometimes understated role in determining the future of internet access, although it is essential to that future—any resolution must pass through the First Amendment, and must answer the issues it presents to the net neutrality debate before it can rest.

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  5. Nov. 4, 2013: Hearst TV CEO David Barrett and ABC News President Ben Sherwood headlined the inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium. Friends and colleagues of Wade Hargrove established the colloquium to honor Mr. Hargrove, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an accomplished media lawyer, by spurring discussion and debate about national media law and policy issues.

    Mr. Barrett and Mr. Sherwood talked about “The Future of Television News.” Each speaker made brief opening remarks and then engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital convergence.

    About David Barrett
    David Barrett joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as a vice president of Hearst Corporation and deputy general manager of Broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company’s television and radio stations. In 1997, Hearst Broadcasting merged with Argyle Television to form Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., and he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the new entity. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2001.

    Mr. Barrett has been the recipient of numerous industry honors. In 2011 he received the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, which bestows the annual Peabody Awards, and the First Amendment Leadership Award from The Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In 2008 he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was the recipient of The Media Institute’s American Horizon Award and was also inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was named Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s “Broadcaster of the Year.”

    About Ben Sherwood
    Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20″ and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. During Mr. Sherwood’s tenure the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors awards.

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Sherwood earned a bachelor’s degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

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