Journalism Schools As News Providers: Supporting The Journalism By Addressing Legal Risk

With cutbacks in newspaper editorial staff and the ease of Internet publication, journalism programs are filling gaps in news coverage. Their school-based publications and collaborations with professional news outlets are enhancing educational and professional opportunities for students and playing a vital role in informing the public.

How can journalism programs protect and advance their journalism and journalism education while appropriately and reasonably planning for and mitigating legal risk?

The overarching goal for this project is to help support the increasingly important journalism, journalism are contributing to the public by:

1. Identifying legal issues and areas where we might find a consensus on best practices and easy, sensible ways to reduce legal risk and providing recommendations;

2. Identifying helpful law and legal protection-related resources and making them available to journalism programs;

3. Considering strategies to help ensure journalism and press freedom values and media law expertise play a prominent role in law-related decisions.

Thank you to the many journalism and law professors, deans, media lawyers, journalists, journalism scholars and foundation-based journalism experts that are participating in this project, including from:

American University
Associated Press
Baruch College
Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project
Boston University
Carnegie Corporation
Columbia University
Creative Commons
CUNY Journalism
Harnisch Foundation
Harvard Law School
Howard University
Knight Foundation
Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, L.L.P.
New York Times
Palo Alto High School
Poynter Institute
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Student Press Law Center
The Tribune Company
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina
University of Southern California

Geanne Rosenberg
Project Director
Professor, Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions,
Baruch College of the City University of New York
Faculty Associate, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
(646) 312-3969
geanne.rosenberg@baruch.cuny.edu
 
 
 


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