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The State of the First Amendment – LIVE

Annual SF State Journalism Alumni Gathering 2017

LIVE stream begins: Wednesday, May 24, 6:45 p.m.

Also streaming live in 360-degree video!

Widespread concern exists that American news media, the nation’s tradition of a free press, and the First Amendment itself is under their most serious attack in more than a generation.

Many voices, though, are calling for calm and context, saying without that, destructive overreaction is more likely.

An informed, thoughtful assessment of the situation is needed.

That is why one of country’s longest-standing university journalism departments is bringing together a distinguished panel of experts and a lively audience to begin that work. The department invites its alumni to bring light, context and understanding to what many see as an assault on very foundations of democracy, but others say is a counterproductive response to political themes that have played out over and over throughout U.S. history.


Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer, California Playbook, POLITICO


Aimee Allison, President, Democracy in Color
Luis Alvarado, Public Affairs, Political and Media Strategist, Luis Alvarado Public Affairs Consulting
Harmeet K. Dhillon, Attorney, Dhillon Law Group Inc.
Robert Capps, Head of Editorial at Wired
Jim Wagstaffe, Attorney, Kerr & Wagstaffe
Aaron Williams, Graphics & Data Visualization Reporter, The Washington Post

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Jesse Garnier

Jesse Garnier