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UVA Fraternity Sues Rolling Stone Over “Rape On Campus” Story For $25 Million

Recently, the University of Virginia (“UVA”) chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine in Virginia state court for $25 million alleging defamation in connection with its ‘A Rape on...more

During Mizzou Protests, Social Media Giveth and Taketh Away

There was a bizarre twist this week in the developing story about racial unrest at the University of Missouri. On Monday, protestors attempted to prevent the news media from taking photos of protestors. On Tuesday, they...more

Mizzou: A Personal Note on Racism, Firings and a Free Press

I have been watching the events at my alma mater that led to the resignation of MU System President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin from afar. While I had heard inklings of discontent, I had no idea it was at this...more

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

Give Great Quotes, Really!

There is an expression, unique to the intersection of PR and journalism that roughly goes, “He (or she) gives great quotes.” This means that a source is able to provide a punchy, succinct and informative sound bite that works...more

It’s The World Series Of Discrimination Trials! Catch It!

T.J. Simers, a notorious well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has sued the owners of the Times, contending that he was let go in 2013 because of his age (then in his early 60s, now 65) and because of...more

My Favorite [Stolen] Insight: Chastity of Intellect Must Be Preserved in Public Affairs

When the spirit of George Will, that great god of conservatism, is upon me, I cannot resist the urge to begin a post with a quotation from some intellectual giant, past or present. The urge is accompanied by the hope I’ll be...more

Corporate Journalism: A catalyst for better story telling

I am continuously amused by all the hubbub around content marketing. Because while that phrase may be new, the truth is that marketing has always been about content. What’s changed, of course, is the delivery, as the digital...more

Oh, the Humanity. Why Real, Live Editors are Making a Comeback

I’m not sure where they—or we, I suppose—went off to, but the consensus seems to be that, as Julia Greenberg wrote in Wired, “humans are making a comeback.” The headline on that article, “LinkedIn Brings Back Human...more

The evolving story of cameras in court

For a few days in June and July 2015 — like June and July most years — national attention will focus on the Supreme Court, and its most awaited decisions. This year it is same-sex marriage, and the fate of Obamacare, but...more

Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Retraction: Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

There are only a very few magazine articles that have radically affected me when I read them. Nick Hornby’s account of a group of soccer hooligans, where he chronicled when they traveled to and briefly took over the Italian...more

NGOs may rely on UK's Journalism Exemption

The UK Information Commissioner’s Officer (the “ICO”), in a letter to Global Witness (in Steinmetz and others v Global Witness) (the “Letter”), stated that non-media organisations may rely on the special-purposes exemption...more

Celebrating residents in public housing

Residents in public housing are resilient, despite the overwhelming obstacles that they face every day. Public housing has been home to many inspiring stories of success for individuals and families. Put simply, the people of...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Old-School Investigative Sports Reporting: Still Relevant After All These Years

As a young lawyer in 1985, a case came my way that combined several passions: college football, newspaper journalism and the First Amendment. I was the associate attorney assigned to help apply legal muscle in support of our...more

An Outlook on the Future of Journalism from the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

With the landscape of modern journalism rapidly changing, what does the future look like? With new technology and the internet impacting the way that journalists do their jobs and downward financial pressures consistently...more

New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak Discusses Anthony Lewis’ Iconoclastic First Amendment Views

This past Friday, the keynote speaker at the Boston Bar Association’s Annual meeting was Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for the New York Times. Mr. Liptak focused his remarks on the First Amendment views of his...more

ICO publish Data Protection Guide for the media

The Leveson Inquiry highlighted a prevailing confusion as to how data protection law applies to journalism and the media. To tackle this it was recommended that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) work to prepare a...more

Bob Latham Speaks: Experienced Journalists Needed

It has been said that everyone likes to make fun of lawyers – until they need one. The same might be said for another group of oft-criticized professionals: journalists. And in a world where information is available from so...more

The Reporter's Privilege: Where Does The Proposed Federal Shield Law Stand And What Impact Would It Have?

The right of journalists to refuse to testify regarding information or sources obtained as part of the news-gathering process, known as the reporter’s privilege, has been recognized by 49 of the 50 states and the District of...more

The media didn’t die, but not for the reasons you’re thinking

The news media is enjoying a renaissance today after fears of imminent death. It’s not reviving because a new business model was found. It’s reviving because the persistent need for news finds its own business model. We need...more

5 Reasons News Media Do Not Follow Ethics

Ed. Note-Today we have a guest post from Daphne Holmes. Anyone who deals with FCPA compliance – or with any other federal, global, or local laws and regulations – is acutely aware that compliance and ethics are two...more

Journalism still struggling with an Internet that never forgets

When an editor or news director selects a story as newsworthy and appropriate for publication at a particular place and time, should that story remain readily accessible at all times and in all places?...more

Survey says: Bright Spots Exist for the News Industry

A new report provides a refreshingly optimistic insight on the future of American journalism. Despite ongoing challenges facing newsrooms, Pew Research Center’s 2014 State of the News Media report highlights several...more

Chip Babcock Speaks: The FCC Backs Down on Newsroom Intrusion – But How Did It Get This Far?

The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to begin this spring a "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs." Backed by a 110-page report from two prestigious journalism schools and a "Final Research Design"...more

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona

The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC Barcelona for linking the Spanish football clubs to a doping plot....more

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