Libel refresher: What reporters need to know to work within the law

The recent Sarah Palin v. New York Times case reminds us that as journalists, we must clearly understand what libel is, and how that definition could evolve with regard to public figures. You don’t need to be a legal expert, but having this basic framework will keep you in compliance with the law while you carry out your duties. We’ll teach you how to spot possible problem areas, ask for help and prevent potentially libelous phrasing.

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