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The MLRC Institute (formerly the LDRC Institute) is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation created in 1988 to sponsor and support First Amendment education and research projects.  It has received a grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to fund a one-year fellowship position.  The WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow assists in supporting and further developing the Institute's First Amendment education and research projects.

The MLRC Institute Board thanks the Dow Jones Foundation and the Wall Street Journal for their continued support of the organization.




On March 21, the George Polk Awards, along with MLRC and the MLRC Institute, The New York Times, and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, are presenting a Conference that will examine the tug-of-war between the press and the government over the issue of national security. Entitled Sources and Secrets, this set of sessions will be held at The TimesCenter in New York City starting at 8 a.m. eastern time. It was also be available by live streaming.

The conference will include a truly remarkable number of substantial figures from journalism, law and the intelligence community in panel discussions and interviews.  For more information, please go to: http://www.sourcesandsecrets.com.


Our projects include:

First Amendment Speakers Bureau

First Amendment Video Contest

White Paper on the Reporter's Privilege

Free Press in a Free Society

MLRC Institute Libel Quiz

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Trustees and Officers

Jay Ward Brown (Chair), Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P.
Andrew M. Mar (Treasurer), Microsoft Corporation
Stephanie S. Abrutyn, Home Box Office
Robert D. Balin, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dale M. Cohen
Robert A. Feinberg, WNET
Jacob Goldstein, Dow Jones
Mary Kate Tischler, CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Susan E. Weiner, NBCUniversal
Sandra Baron, MLRC Executive Director
Dorianne Van Dyke (Secretary), WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow
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