Media Law Resource Center

Serving the Media Law Community Since 1980


The MLRC Institute and

the National Press Club Journalism Institute present

Media Law for Journalists 

Workshop and Roundtable


Tuesday, September 20

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

at the National Press Club


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A workshop for freelancers, bloggers, reporters, editors in print, digital or video spaces, podcasters - any media worker without the benefit of a legal department.

Top media lawyers will give practical advice to stay clear of costly libel and privacy suits; navigate the reporter source relationship; avoid copyright traps; learn about digital media law; and understand insurance coverage options.

Editors and writers from the Washington Post, USA TODAY, CNN, NPR and WJLA-TV will be there for a roundtable discussion to share their tips and strategies on career paths and story pitches.

Admission is $20 and includes lunch.

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How Journalists Get Into Trouble: Most of the legal issues journalists face in creating content are fairly predictable. We’ll give practical advice on staying within bounds on libel, privacy and copyright, discuss best practices for avoiding litigation and what to do if faced with it.

Newsgathering: A discussion of what you are and are not allowed to do in the course of newsgathering.  We’ll discuss hidden cameras, lying to obtain information, trespass, contracts with sources, and more.

Your Relationship with Sources and Understanding the Reporters' Privilege: How to forge deals with sources, minimize risk, address ethical concerns and your obligations to editors and publishers. What are the pros and cons of using confidential sources? Can you be forced to reveal your sources? Will you be supported by your publisher or will you be in conflict?

Digital Law: What are the legal differences, if any, between the old world of print and the new digital environment?

Protecting Yourself: Insurance and Lawyers: What coverage options are out there? If you get into legal trouble, how to find an attorney and what to look for?

Editorial Roundtable: Freewheeling discussion and Q&A on career choices, pitching stories, finding jobs, and the ups and downs of the journalistic life. Featuring:

Donna Leinwand Leger
Managing Editor for Breaking News, USA TODAY

Rachel Smolkin
Digital Executive Political Editor, CNN

Autria Godfrey
Anchor, WJLA-TV

Ashley Messenger (moderator)
Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR


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