May 8, 2022

Tuesday was World Press Freedom Day, the same day that the world was absorbing the many implications of Politico’s bombshell Roe v. Wade story. Though we know how often news media personnel must use their reasoning skills, it’s not often that media ethics is placed so front and center of a great American debate.

It could be argued (and has been) that the story of the leak is a bigger story, but I think it’s safe to say that most average Americans were more concerned with the impact of the story’s revelations than how the sausage got made.

I realize the semester is wrapping up, and most of you aren’t going to spend too much time discussing this with your classes. Still, it’s a great opportunity t0 put journalism and democracy at the forefront of your conversations and engage with the public (and your students, if any of them are still hanging around campus) about what this means for and to the free press. If you really want to geek out on this, check out this week’s Professor’s Press Pass for our case study and discussion questions.

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who celebrate, and Happy Regular Sunday to the rest of you — this semester is almost over, so hang in there and get those grades in. I see that light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not a train … though it might be the sun reflecting off Tampa Bay.

This week’s highlights

It’s a short week for me, so I’m going to keep it short in this newsletter, too.

Here are the high points:

Headlines about higher ed

Great journalism to share with your students

Diversity, equity and inclusion

This week in fact checking

Here’s a great rundown from my colleagues at PolitiFact about the potential outcomes of overturning Roe v. Wade: What would state laws look like in a post-Roe world?

The Lead

This week, we featured the efforts of a student newsroom to ensure that it doesn’t exploit communities or sources in its photojournalism.

Subscribe to The Lead, Poynter’s weekly newsletter for student journalists, and encourage your students to do the same.

This week’s Professor’s Press Pass

What a leak/story/response on World Press Freedom Day! In this week’s Professor’s Press Pass, we ask students to consider the blockbuster Politico story on the leaked Supreme Court decision.

One last thing

One kiddie pool to rule them all. Kitty pool?

Resources for educators

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Barbara Allen is the director of college programming for Poynter. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of She spent two decades in…
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