Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporting
- 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 Belton is a professor of journalism at City University of New York's Baruch College and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Geanne directs the Harnisch Journalism Projects, specializes in online education, and teaches news and digital literacy, journalism, and media law and ethics. An attorney and journalist (previously writing under the byline Geanne Rosenberg), Geanne is a graduate of Columbia University's Schools of Journalism and Law (where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and Bryn Mawr College.