“Justin Silverman, a lawyer based in Westboro, Mass., a member of the New England First Amendment Center’s board of directors, and a writer for the Digital Media Law Project, thinks that there is no unanimous agreement on the definition of the term journalist.
Eight days after a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, shooting and killing 20 young students, 6 staff members and fueling a national discussion on gun control, The Journal News in Lower Hudson, New York, published an interactive map of all residents in its community who possessed a firearms permit.
When asked for his thoughts on the state of Massachusetts’ recent opposition to his town’s controversial profanity ban, Middleborough resident Willy Duphily shared what is likely the opinion of many on the topic.
When Tim Donnelly, a 26-year-old job seeker, Googled his name recently he found that the first link provided was that to a mugshot of him taken seven years ago. He got into a fight as a teenager and was arrested for criminal trespass and assault. According to Donnelly, the trespass charge was dismissed and the assault charge was downgraded to disorderly conduct. “I have since learned better,” he said.