- Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporting
- Self-Directed Course
- This $29.95 course is **FREE** thanks to generous grants from the Harnisch Foundation and The Cutts Foundation.
About Self-Directed Courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
While you're newsgathering, many situations you'll encounter will have an element of legal risk. Learn to protect yourself from liability.
In this course, you'll learn to identify the level of permission you must get to gather news in a location. You'll practice interviewing sources and see what promises you should or shouldn't make to them. You'll find out how to handle documents and other materials, and understand what your rights are to protect and retain them.
What Will I Learn:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
- Identify when consent is necessary to gather news
- Understand what level of permission you need to gather news in public and private places
- Understand your rights of access to public documents and your rights to retain and protect newsgathering materials
- Explain the implications of agreements with sources
Who should take this course:
Reporters, citizen journalists and anyone who wants to know more about the laws that relate to gathering content, interviewing sources and handling documents.
Geanne Rosenberg, an attorney and journalist, is a professor at Baruch College and City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.