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  • Morning News
  • Welcome to the newsroom. I know you're eager to begin writing for the paper but first we have to go over some basic journalistic expectations.
  • Although we are granted freedom of speech, there are restrictions to what we can publish, like libel. Libel is the publication of a false statement of fact that seriously harms someone's reputation.
  • Firstly, we the press have three roles to fulfill. We must create an informed citizenry, be watchdogs, and be the "conscience of society."
  • In carrying out these roles, we are assisted by the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment. Which are the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.
  • Now, libel should not be confused with slander. In order for something to be considered libel, it has to be a published manipulation of fact. Examples of this include articles about sexual misconduct allegations and criminal involvment.
  • There are also types of speech that are unprotected by these rights. These unprotected speeches are ones that invade the rights of others. This type of speech must create a clear and present danger .
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