Fighting for Journalism

Learn about our past advocacy efforts

April 8, 2021

A move to give the Mayor’s office responsibility for press passes that have long been handled by the New York Police Department is generating controversy from all sides.

“We’re a little skeptical of the change,” said Colin DeVries, president of the Deadline Club, a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A big question, DeVries said, is “will the MOME-issued badges create access issues,” including with the NYPD, which is usually in charge of the kinds of breaking news events that require press credentials to get in.

July 12, 2018

The Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), is deeply concerned by the lack of transparency being exhibited by New York State government agencies regarding the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is currently one of the largest public works projects in the country. We stand with The Journal News in its efforts to obtain full and unfettered disclosure of public documents related to the bridge.  

February 23, 2018

The Deadline Club of New York is calling upon the New York State Legislature to stop school-based censorship and restore students’ rights to free speech under the First Amendment.

October 7, 2016

If government officials use their power to decide which journalists are granted access to public information, involving the public, on public property, it threatens our rights and freedom to speak freely, gather information freely and publish freely.

The government does not get to decide who reports on and covers them. The public should be outraged that a public official is trying to block their right to public information by blocking access to those that may ask critical questions or hold officials accountable. Excluding certain members of the press from interviews and news conferences interferes with the public’s right to know.

April 8, 2021

There is no substantive rational or legal argument for precluding cameras from the courtroom. Their presence in the courtroom and the images that they convey provide a compelling public service without infringing upon the constitutional or statutory rights of any affected persons or institutions.

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