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Workshop and Roundtable









Monday, October 17, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Boston University Photonics Building

8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA


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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 local news outlets have a roundtable discussion to share tips and strategies on career paths and story pitches.

Admission is $20 and includes a light breakfast and 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.
George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center

Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center

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.
Rob Bertsche, Prince Lobel
Sarah Wunsch, ACLU of Massachusetts

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?
Jon Albano, Morgan Lewis
Gordon Katz, Holland & Knight

Copyright and Digital Law: What are the legal differences, if any, between the old world of print and the new digital environment?
Andy Sellars, BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

Larry Stanley, Morgan Lewis

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?
John Taylor "Ike" Williams, Sennott & Williams

Editorial Roundtable: Freewheeling discussion and Q&A on career choices, pitching stories, finding jobs, and the ups and downs of the journalistic life.
Jenn Ableson, Boston Globe Spotlight Team
Beth Daley, New England Center of Investigative Reporting
Tom Farragher, Boston Globe metro columnist, former Spotlight Editor
Stephen Kurkjian, author, former Boston Globe Washington Bureau Chief
Gary Putka, Executive Editor of New England Center for Investigative Reporting; former Senior Editor and Boston Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal


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8 St. Mary’s Street
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