The Importance of the First Amendment


images“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.”

 The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is composed of three separate clauses as you can see written above.  Out of the three separate clauses, “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” is the most important clause for careers in journalism.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, journalism is the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media or public press. Therefore, the First Amendment allows journalists to mass communicate through mediums such as television, radio, or newspaper without censorship or prior restraint from the government. As an aspiring broadcast journalist, it is important for me to understand the First Amendment, to explore the career field, and to set personal goals in to order achieve a successful career.


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