COLLEGE PARK (2/12/18) — University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy A. Dalglish says The Bay Journal may be able to challenge its loss of federal funding on First Amendment grounds.

The Environmental Protection Agency informed the nonprofit publication last year that its grant funding would not be renewed. The newspaper covers issues related to the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Journal lawyers argue the EPA defunded the journal because it published stories that were critical of White House policies.

NPR affiliate WAMU asked Dalglish, a media lawyer and former director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, to weigh in.

She said the journal might have a case.

“There’s some indication in the evidence that they’ve had their funding yanked because someone in the EPA didn’t like what they said,” Dalglish told WAMU.

Dalglish was a media lawyer for almost five years in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. Before that, she was a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

She was named dean of the Merrill College in 2012.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321