Newsgathering and the Law

ebook Volume 2 · Newsgathering and the Law (6)

By Seth D. Berlin

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The legal protections for—and limitations on—the news media in gathering information for the public are splashed across the headlines. Access to sometimes secret governmental proceedings and records, undercover media investigations, newsgathering in virtual spaces, unauthorized recording, and subpoenas to reporters for their sources and their unpublished materials are the real business of those practicing in the area. There is no better time than now to negotiate newsgathering issues with the experts. In Newsgathering and the Law, Sixth Edition, Seth D. Berlin, Jay Ward Brown, David A. Schulz, Chad R. Bowman, and Leita Walker, each with decades of practical experience advising and defending journalists and news organizations on First Amendment and media law issues, share their combined life's work with you.

The Sixth Edition includes a new chapter analyzing efforts to seal case dockets, the names of litigants, and entire court files, as well as newly added discussions of a host of other legal developments since the Fifth Edition was published, ranging from pandemic-era advances in courtroom technology to online newsgathering, the now-robust body of case law protecting the right to record the police, and the growing body of law invalidating statutes punishing journalists (and others) from gaining access to, and reporting on, private businesses. These hundreds of pages of additional analysis make the new edition a must read for scholars and practitioners alike.

Newsgathering and the Law