The Online Media Legal Network works with a number of legal assistance, press freedom, and journalism organizations throughout the United States and the world. These organizations help us identify appropriate clients for the network, provide legal assistance and advocacy on behalf of those engaged in online publishing, and generally work to ensure that journalism thrives online.
If you are a member of a legal, journalism, or citizen media organization, we would love to have your organization join us as a partner. Please contact us and we will tell you how you can get involved.
Legal Assistance and Press Freedom Organizations
|Committee to Protect Journalists: CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. Based in New York, CPJ promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Using local and foreign contacts, CPJ can intervene whenever local and foreign correspondents are in trouble.|
|Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation: The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. The Foundation calls upon Lex Mundi’s unique global network of commercial law firms to provide legal assistance to select “social entrepreneurs” on a pro bono basis.|
|Media Legal Defence Initiative: Based in London, the MLDI works to strengthen media legal defence capacity around the world by supporting initiatives to enhance the legal knowledge, skills and effectiveness of those working in the field. MLDI provides direct assistance to journalists anywhere in the world in need of legal assistance.|
|National Freedom of Information Coalition: The NFOIC is a nonpartisan alliance of citizen-driven nonprofit freedom of information organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys. It works to protect the public's right to oversee its government.|
|New Media Rights: NMR provides pro bono legal resources and free media studio space to artists, filmmakers, podcasters, citizen journalists, bloggers, open source software projects, and nonprofits in the San Diego, CA area. The project's website, NewMediaRights.org, is a community dedicated to an open discussion of technology, creativity, and the law.|
Journalism and Citizen Media Organizations
|Investigative News Network: INN is a network of nonprofit journalism organizations that conduct investigative reporting in the public interest. INN was founded in July 2009 to bring together the strengths of a growing number of nonprofit news organizations, including The Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, and others.|
|J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism: J-Lab is an incubator for innovative news experiments that use new technologies to help people actively engage in critical public issues. Its core mission is to improve public life by transforming journalism for today and re-inventing it for tomorrow.|
|Online News Association: ONA is composed largely of professional digital journalists. Founded in 1999, ONA has more than 1,600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems.|
|The Hub: The Hub is a resource center for community-based nonprofit journalism organizations, started by voiceofsandiego.org in 2010. It offers resources to help individuals and organizations create their own nonprofit news organizations, which can thrive in the new media landscape. Based on voiceofsandiego.org's experience, The Hub provides key information and lessons learned, as well as a virtual forum, focused on nonprofit news organization management issues.|