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Saturday, October 29 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Media law for entrepreneurs: Increasing your news organization’s sustainability by covering your legal needs

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This media law session is designed to acquaint news entrepreneurs with an understanding of their legal rights and opportunities for news gathering; ways they can avoid costly defamation and copyright claims; and some of the important legal considerations that should be considered when establishing and managing a news organization.  Most importantly, the panel will provide news executives with need-to-know information on where they can find all-important legal resources to answer all their operational questions.

Session audience and takeaways:
  • This session is for all news entrepreneurs who are faced with thorny legal questions.  
  • They will learn the basics of newsgathering (public record, access, can-we-record) law as well as ways to avoid liability in publishing news articles of significant public concern. Besides these core First Amendment issues, news executives will be introduced to legal concepts on how best to organize your organization to avoid liability, to ensure appropriate non-profit governance, and how to manage independent contractor relationships.

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Alexander Papacristou

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Alexander Papachristou is Executive Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, an international public interest law program of the New York City Bar Association, providing pro bono legal support to human rights, environmental, and investigative journalism organizations... Read More →
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David Bralow

First Look Institute
David S. Bralow is the Senior Vice President of Law at First Look Institute, where he provides First Amendment and other legal advice to The Intercept, Field of Vision, and the Press Freedom Defense Fund.  He is also the co-founder of Lawyers for Reporters, a pro bono law firm project... Read More →
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Katie Townsend

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Katie Townsend (@katie_rcfp) is Deputy Executive Director and Legal Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (www.rcfp.org), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. She oversees the litigation, amicus, and other legal work of Reporters Committee attorneys... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 502