Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Newsgathering and the Law: Hot Topics for Citizen Journalists in Massachusetts

Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Newsgathering and the Law: Hot Topics for Citizen Journalists in Massachusetts

Watch the second seminar from Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond.

Newsgathering and the Law: Hot Topics for Citizen Journalists in Massachusetts

Regardless of whether you are reporting on a City Council meeting or a national crisis, your ability as a journalist to report the news depends on you ability to gather information. State and federal laws provide tools and protections on which reporters can rely in collecting the facts on which their reporting is based -- enhancing access to government records, shielding from disclosure certain communications between journalists and their sources, and ensuring that journalists can record the acts of public officials in public places. But, these tools and protections are subject to limitations that can frustrate newsgatherers and impede their ability to practice their craft. This session explored some of the important protections available to citizen journalists and others in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the hurdles that reporters face as they engage in newsgathering activities.

-Joe Bergantino, Director, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Clinical Professor of Journalism, Boston University
-Jeffery P. Hermes, Director, Digital Media Law Project, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
-Andy Sellars, Staff Attorney, Digital Media Law Project, Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society , Harvard University
Moderator: Christopher T. Bavitz, Assistant Director, Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School.