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EVENT NOTES: "Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities"

These pages are notes taken by Bill Densmore of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute while attending and participating April 9, 2010, in a one-day seminar at Harvard Law School: "Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities." The event was organized by the Online Media Legal Network of the Berkshire Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. There are three panels; we'll build a page on each. THE CONFERENCE AGENDA HAS DETAILS ON PARTICIPANTS AND OVERVIEW TOPICS.

Links to rough notes on each of the three sessions:

  • SESSION ONE:Saving Journalism from Itself?
  • SESSION TWO: Building and Managing Online Communities -- Anonymity, Defamation and Privacy, Oh My!
    . . . . (no notes, sorry / was on this panel and forget to run recorder; check in a week or so)
  • SESSION THREE: The Future of Journalism: Law and Ethics in a Changing Media Ecosystem


    Introductory remarks on the day from David Ardia

    David Ardia is director of the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center. He begins the day by noting the entire day's seminar is "on the record" and that video will be posted on the Berkman Center website sometime next week. He provides an overview on the Online Media Legal Network and how it vets, accepts and works with clients. It now has 110 members -- including law offices and individuals in 34 states, but not in Connecticut or New Mexico, among non-representated states. They have had 100 matters come in from multiple diffent clients. Some topics covered: Defamation, news gathering, pre-publication review, FOIA disputes, drafting terms and conditions for websites, IP advice . . . are some things handled. Ardia appeals to the roughly 80 people in the room -- most of them lawyers -- to join and help with the CMLP.

    Bill Densmore, / 413-458-8001