Digital startups and citizen journalists are plugging the news hole -- getting the public important information and keeping the powerful accountable. If you are providing content for this new information ecosystem, thank you! You’ve probably run into basic legal questions, such as whether you can post video you captured or whether you need to take down video that has bothered someone. These are standard newsgathering law questions.
We saw that need and thought we could help, while also training the next generation of legal professionals that can advise journalists. Here’s what we’re doing: students, under the supervision of Professor Ellen P. Goodman, tackled the most common newsgathering law questions from a New Jersey perspective. And they prepared FAQs. Rather than giving you answers to particular legal questions, we've tried to provide a sense of the legal terrain -- ways to think about your question. You can get the FAQ's here online or as a PDF. And thanks to the Center for Cooperative Media, you can get a printed booklet from them.
This is not legal advice. For that, you’ll have to go to a licensed attorney. We are only dealing with generalities and providing basic information about how the law works in these areas. If you have more specific questions, you should consult a lawyer.
Thanks to the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation for funding this effort.