Law School for Digital Journalists

Date(s) - 09/22/2011
All Day

Harvard Law School

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will partner with the Online News Association and Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to present a one-day law school for digital journalists at Harvard Sept. 22.

The full day of practical legal training on digital issues will cover these topics:

  • Copyright law, including copyright basics, fair use, freelancer contracts and licensing
  • Newsgathering, libel, privacy, protecting sources, Section 230 and insurance
  • Access law, including FOIA, access to courts and the use of cameras and other recording devices
  • Running a news business, including the law relevant to forming a news business and running a news business

UNC Center for Media Law and Policy Co-Directors Cathy Packer and David Ardia will be among the instructors.

The day will conclude with a plenary session devoted to discussing how freedom of speech and freedom of the press are changing in a digital world.

Founded in 1999, ONA now has more than 1,600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism. The Berkman Center, which was founded in 1998, is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on the study of cyberspace.

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