This is the Manager’s Minute.
The start of the New Year is a good time to remember the basis for our work as journalists: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It was ratified on December 15th, 1791 – just over 227 years ago.
In only 45 words, the First Amendment establishes freedom of religion, speech and the press, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government.
In essence, it means the press has a right to publish with limited restrictions imposed by law, without government censorship.