Gayle King And Randall Stephenson To Present Awards At Media Institute’s ‘Free Speech America’ Virtual Gala

An accomplished TV journalist and a leading figure in the growth of the telecom industry will present awards at The Media Institute’s “Free Speech America” Virtual Gala on Oct. 20. CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Randall […]

Kaplar Named Media Institute President

Richard Kaplar has run the media company-backed First Amendment advocacy organization since January 2018 following the retirement of president-CEO Patrick Maines, but with the title of executive director, a post Kaplar has held since 2016.

Patrick Maines Retiring From Media Institute

He’s spent 34 years as president and CEO of the nonprofit organization with three guiding principles: a strong First Amendment, a competitive communications industry and excellence in journalism. He will be succeeded by Media Institute Executive Director Richard T. Kaplar.

What A Time For Free Speech Week

With headlines over NFL players protesting during the national anthem and President Trump’s recent remarks about the press, it may seem like next week’s “Free Speech Week” is a reactive stunt. It’s not, however, with The Media Institute creating the annual October event in 2005. Institute Executive Director Richard Kaplar acknowledges that this year’s public awareness campaign comes at a critical time.

Media Institute Awards For Lougee, Herbst

They will be presented at the group’s Sept. 27 banquet in Washington. Rep. Marsha Blackburn to deliver the keynote address.

NAB’s Smith: Local TV Key To Freedom

“Today’s media is not monolithic,” NAB CEO Gordon Smith says, and “in a time when … media is becoming incredibly polarized and partisan, local news has become even more valuable to our democratic dialogue.”

Chris Moeser Joins Media Institute Trustees

Chris Moeser of Tegna Inc. has been elected to the board of trustees of The Media Institute.  Moeser serves as associate general counsel for Tegna, based in McLean, Va. Moeser joined Tegna in July 2015 after working as a First Amendment attorney for 12 years in Phoenix, where he represented local and national media clients on a variety of […]

Tegna’s Mayman Named Media Institute Trustee

Todd A. Mayman of Tegna Inc. has been elected to the board of trustees of The Media Institute. Mayman is EVP and chief legal and administrative officer for Tegna. He also serves as a director of the Tegna Foundation. Prior to joining Tegna in 1993, Mayman was an associate at the law firm of Arent […]

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Who Benefits From New Political File Rules?

The Media Institute’s Patrick Maines: What is missing in yesterday’s denial of the NAB’s requested stay of the FCC’s new political file rules is what part of the “public,” other than broadcasters’ competitors and advertisers, would want to view the spot-by-spot ad rates. The simple fact is that the proposed aggregated data would actually be more helpful to journalists and interested citizens than the disaggregated data that the FCC rule now requires.