“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment
While taking photos for an article during a protest, you get arrested. The police officer tells you that you were doing something wrong yet won’t tell you exactly what it is. Knowing your rights may be the only way to get yourself free.
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Going through this assignment I realized that I really don’t know many of my rights as a U.S. citizen. I thought about how many times I have learned bits and pieces of the Constitution and my rights and, still, I know none of my rights by heart.
Knowing your rights as a reporter is one of the most important aspects of reporting. This protects you, as a journalist, from others infringing on your rights, but it also protects you from violating another person’s rights.
Journalists should also know that portraying someone in a false light, getting journalistic information in an illegal way, misrepresenting the subject, and publicly disclosing private or embarrassing facts is also something to avoid.
Make sure that you learn your rights as a journalist and keep yourself protected.