Embracing the “hazardous freedom”

Ever since my own student media days, I’ve been fascinated by the role student media play in academic communities and toward skill and civic development. In Tinker v. Des Moines, a case affirming free speech in the academic environment, Justice Abe Fortas talked about free speech as a “hazardous freedom” – a challenge, but one well worth protecting.

As a media professor and adviser, I now get to encourage my students to engage with their “hazardous freedom” and learn what it means to serve a community with good communication. Part of that encouragement means grading with a green pen. Opportunities to learn shouldn’t say “stop” – they should yell “Go!”

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