First Amendment Issues In Public Spaces

ATHENS, GA (January 6, 2016) – Prompted by a number of recent incidents at college campuses involving free speech rights and free press rights of journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, along with University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, with generous financial support from Sinclair Broadcast Group, will hold a symposium on First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces on Friday January 22, 2016 in Athens, GA.

“Recent events remind us of the critical need for defending bedrock First Amendment principles and for explaining the importance of delineating the rights of visual journalists in the field. The symposium’s discussions will focus attention on these immovable principles.” – Charles N. Davis, Dean, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication

“The mantra of ‘plain view from a public place’ which visual journalists have lived by for years when it comes to what can and cannot be photographed is being questioned. This symposium will offer a very public conversation on both what we legally can document and what, ethically, we should document.” – Mark E. Johnson, Grady College senior lecturer in photojournalism and NPPA Education Committee chair

You are cordially invited to attend this free event by registering at to further explore the incident in Missouri, to turn those recent events into teachable moments, and to create a useful takeaway guide for all visual journalists as we move forward.

Here are takeaways (with links) from NPPA's "First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces" symposium.