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'First Amendment Day' set Thursday at UCO

'First Amendment Day' set Thursday at UCO

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The University of Central Oklahoma will observe a “First Amendment Day” on Thursday as it kicks off the 50th year of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

A “First Amendment Day” conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in UCO’s Mass Communication building and the Nigh University Center with speakers focusing on freedom of the press and its impact on the country. The public is invited to attend.

“This conference will define what the First Amendment means to students on college campuses,” said Erin Barnett, conference co-director. “There are going to be many informative panels and speakers who are champions for it and defend it to the best of their ability.”

Panel discussions through the day will include “Teachers’ First Amendment Rights,” “Freedom of the Press: Without It, Is the First Amendment Doomed?” and “Freedom of Expression on the College Campus.”

The 49th Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nigh University ballrooms. The Oklahoman columnist Steve Lackmeyer is the featured speaker.

Wayne Greene, the Tulsa World’s Editorial Pages editor and former city editor; Mary Bishop-Baldwin, Tulsa World assistant editor and marriage equality pioneer; and Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post’s corporate accountability editor and former Tulsa World investigative reporter and enterprise editor, will be among this year’s inductees.

Rob Rogers, the former editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will deliver the conference’s keynote speech, “The First Amendment and Satire,” at 5 p.m. in Room 120 of the Mass Communication building. Rogers, a Pulitzer finalist and UCO graduate, received nationwide attention when he was fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his satire of President Donald Trump.

The University of Central Oklahoma campus is at 100 N. University Drive in Edmond.


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