August 16, 2018: Today, hundreds of news outlets around the country heeded the call of Boston Globe deputy editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard and published their defense of a free press in response to criticism from President Trump. 

Read the Globe editorial and explanation here

View an interactive map of the news outlets that participated in the effort, and find excerpts and links to the individual editorials.

First Amendment Watch is committed to documenting threats to the free press, a right that is critical to self-governance in a democratic society.

This is an opportune time for educators to reach back to James Madison for what may be the most powerful defense of freedom of the press written by any American. We’ve created a guide for teachers to help students answer the question, why is James Madison’s defense of freedom of the press critical today?