Frank LoMonte Authors Article on Civic Engagement to Protect Student Journalists’ Rights
Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author “How Communities Can Increase Civic Engagement by Protecting Their Student Journalists’ Rights to Express Themselves” published in the Brown University Journal, “Reimagining a 21st Century Democracy,” Volume 1, 2018.
In the article, LoMonte comments on how journalism-related activities that engage students in current community issues can nourish a lifetime of civic engagement. He discusses two routes at the local level that can protect student journalists’ First Amendment expression of rights. The first is legislative and grassroots activism and the second is focusing on local school activities.
He offers tips for students to be involved in the process including building local relationships, providing information to school administrators, having an open dialogue, and knowing your purpose.