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USD Podcast Credit Hour Interviews Newseum Institute President Gene Policinski

Gene Policinski for Credit Hour Podcast The USD podcast Credit Hour interviewed Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute president and First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute executive director.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Gene Policinski, president of the Newseum Institute in Washington D.C. and the executive director of the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, spoke with the University of South Dakota podcast Credit Hour for a wide-ranging discussion on the First Amendment and state of the media.

“If I had to take away one thing from my career, it’s the sort of wonderment that there are so many good people in the process,” Policinski said.

Gene discusses how free speech impacts protests, the impact of technology on media and his favorite Al Neuharth story.

“Gene’s knowledge and experience of issues related to the First Amendment is unparalleled,” said Michael Ewald, host of Credit Hour. “USD is fortunate to have Gene as a supporter as he has been critical helping us invite some of the most acclaimed figures in media and journalism to campus in recent years.”

The First Amendment Center released on June 28 its 2018 survey on the state of the First Amendment finding respondents generally supportive of concepts like free speech. A majority consider “fake news” more objectionable on social media than hate speech. 


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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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