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April 18, 2023 RAPID RESPONSE

Media Law Litigation in a Post-Newspaper Future

For a century, U.S. courts and policymakers have assumed that a well-funded Fourth Estate would act as a check on abuses of government power, assuring that incursions on fundamental First Amendment rights would not go unchallenged. But with the alarming spread of “news deserts” engulfing the United States, is that assumption still valid? And if not, what – if anything – can replace local newspapers as sentinels over government secrecy and overreach?


  • RonNell Andersen Jones, Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowed Chair and Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
  • Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, Raymond & Miriam Ehrich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Katie Fallow, Senior Counsel, Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University


  • Frank D. LoMonte, Counsel, CNN; Co-Chair, Free Speech and Free Press Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


Litigation, Legislation, and Democracy in a Post-Newspaper America AmericaWashington and Lee Law Review, RonNell Anderson Jones

Government Sponsored Social Media and Public Forum Doctrine Under the First Amendment: Perils and Pitfalls Under the First Amendment: Perils and PitfallsUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law Law Scholarship Repository, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky 

Public Forum 2.0 | University of Florida Levin College of Law Law Scholarship Repository, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky 

NetChoice, LLC v. Paxton | SCOTUSBlog

Technology & Marketing Law Blog | Eric Goldman

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