America: Built on a Free Press

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. -Thomas Jefferson

The First Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Some have raised the question of whether the free speech clause and the free press clause are coextensive, or whether one reaches where the other does not. It has been much debated, for example, whether the institutional press is entitled to greater freedom from governmental regulations or restrictions than are non-institutional individuals. Justice Stewart has argued: That the First Amendment speaks separately of freedom of speech and freedom of the press is no constitutional accident, but an acknowledgment of the critical role played by the press in American society. The Constitution requires sensitivity to that role, and to the special needs of the press in performing it effectively. But nowhere does it say individual citizens can’t be part of the press.

The American West has a special tradition in being self sufficient — non-institutional. And free.

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Jane Doe


With a fabulous talent for writing, a natural eye towards news matters and drive to get the story, contributor Jane Doe has over 20 years in the news business. Her passion is to show the truth..

Jane gets the job done.

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“mad writing skilz and an innate ability to identify hogwash”

The Crew

A Team You Can Rely On

Jane knows she wouldn’t get a fraction of the things done she wants to if it wasn’t for her awesome crew. John Doe heads up our research department, helping us find new sources and running fact checks. Mary Twaim keeps dispatch humming. Jason Mason leads our exceptional IT support team when he’s not making brilliant electronic gizmos.

Free Press West wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for our highly-skilled team of freelancers. Covering sectors from academia to zoology, they can cover any story anywhere in the Western states.