Legal

The law works for us through the First Amendment. And we work within the law at all times. Learn how to take maximum advantage while staying within the boundaries.

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

ou 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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  • Ethics around graphic violence imagery

    Guidance and best practices around videos containing graphic violence.

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  • Rights-cleared music you can use

    Get the right sound, within intellectual property law.

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  • Safely reporting from protests and other tense events

    These are stressful times. Being out in the world as a journalist carries an element of risk. But a world without engaged journalists watching over it is risky, too. Our aim is to identify as many risks as we can and take steps to reduce them, prepare for them, and neutralize them if they do arise.

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  • How editors and managers can help keep reporters and photographers safe during protests

    Guidance for managers, starting with planning before a charged event, to communicating and adapting as conditions change to after-action debriefs.

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  • Q&A for journalists on personal safety and legal rights at protests

    Advice from front-line journalists, lawyers, and behind-the-scenes personal safety experts on how to cover unrest while maintaining your Constitutional rights and your personal safety.

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