The University of North Carolina’s board of trustees voted on Wednesday to grant tenure to the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, ending a dispute that had stretched on for more than a month. Nine board members voted in favor of tenure for Ms. Hannah-Jones and four against. Ms. Hannah-Jones, a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine who earned a master’s degree from U.N.C. in 2003, had accepted a position as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the university’s Hussman School of Journalism. The U.N.C. board had previously not held a vote on whether to give her tenure, despite recommendations from the Hussman School dean and faculty, as well as the university’s provost and chancellor.
A judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would be the first in the nation to prohibit social media companies from barring political candidates. In granting a preliminary injunction, Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida blocked “enforcement of the parts of the legislation that are pre-empted or violate the First Amendment” or are covered by other parts of federal law. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May, would fine companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter if they permanently barred candidates for office in the state.