LAW SCHOOL FOR DIGITAL JOURNALISTS
A Pre-Conference of the Online News Association's
2011 Conference

Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts
September 22, 2011

Join us at Harvard Law School on Thursday, September 22, for a full day of unprecedented immersion in the legal challenges facing digital journalists.

The Online News Association, the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy present Law School for Digital Journalists, part of the Pre-Conference day at ONA’s 2011 Conference & Awards Banquet, September 22-24 in Boston. This intensive day of practical legal training will cover what digital journalists need to know about how the law impacts their profession, both on the editorial and business sides. Classes will be taught by leading media lawyers and journalism educators.

With so much to cover, we plan to run parallel tracks during the day so that if you miss a key session in the morning, you can catch it in the afternoon.

Registration is open to the public. Registration closes on September 14, 2011. ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2011!

Date:   Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011
Time:    Registration opens at 8:30; sessions run 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (including lunch); reception to follow
Location:   Pound Hall @ Harvard Law School (directions, map)
Cost:   $75
Transportation:   Shuttles will be provided from the Boston Marriott Copley Place for ONA11 attendees

Program Directors:
Jon Hart, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC, and Counsel, Online News Association
David Ardia, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Law

Register for this event on the ONA Conference Website
(note that registration for the full ONA 2011 Conference is not required)


SCHEDULE
(click session titles for descriptions)

Time

Ropes Gray Room

John Chipman Gray Room

8:30am - 9:30am

REGISTRATION 

9:30am - 10:45am

Copyright Law -- A Primer

Forming a News Business

11:00am - 12:15pm

Newsroom Law

Running a News Business

12:15pm - 1:15pm

LUNCH

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Newsroom Law

Running a News Business

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Copyright Law -- A Primer

Access and FOIA Law

4:15pm - 5:30pm

Plenary Discussion

5:30pm +

RECEPTION

 


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Copyright Law — A Primer
Explore what copyright protects, and learn about: the rights of copyright holders; the definition of "fair use"; key elements of freelance agreements; how to license your content for publication and acquire the right to use the content of others; Creative Commons licenses; and protection for service providers against liability for infringing content posted by users.

Instructors:
Ken Richieri, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The New York Times Company
Jon Hart, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC, and Counsel, Online News Association

Legal Issues in Forming a News Business
Follow the issues that start-up media ventures face, from concept to operation, including: naming a business; deciding between operating as a for-profit or non-profit, including the relevant tax issues; obtaining liability and media insurance; selecting a corporate form for a for-profit, including corporations and LLCs; issues in funding non-profits, including advertising, sales, and underwriting/sponsorships; and dealing with unrelated business income.

Instructors:
Paul Kritzer, Partner, Bucher Law Group LLC
Corinne Antley, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC

Newsroom Law
Learn the risks associated with publication and newsgathering, including libel, privacy, newsgathering torts, subpoena compliance, and media liability insurance.  The class will also cover legal issues associated with managing and moderating online comments and other user submissions.

Instructors:
David Ardia, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Law
Cathy Packer, Professor, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Legal Issues in Running a News Business
Get up to speed on branding, trademarks, and domain names; advertising compliance and substantiation; email marketing; data collection, behavioral advertising and privacy; promotions; and insurance coverage.

Instructors:
Sherrese Smith, Senior Counsel & Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer and Enforcement Issues to Chairman Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission
Scott Dailard, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC

Access and FOIA Law
Learn about your rights of access to courts, court records and other government records, including: how to responding to courtroom closures and gag orders; use of cameras and other communications devices in the courtroom; information accessible under state and federal freedom of information laws; preparing effective FOIA requests; and fighting FOIA denials.

Instructors:
Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Mark Caramanica, Freedom of Information Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Closing Plenary Discussion
Join us for a high-level discussion of law and journalism, including the tension between copyright law and the First Amendment, and whether more robust legal protections are necessary to ensure a vibrant Fourth Estate.

Moderator: Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Speakers:
Bruce Keller, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Barbara Wall, Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel, Gannett Co., Inc.
Jon Hart, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC, and Counsel, Online News Association
Ken Richieri, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The New York Times Company
Sherrese Smith, Senior Counsel & Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer and Enforcement Issues to Chairman Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission

Register for this event - ONLINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2011