News Media Law

What are your rights as a reporter or photographer when you are at the scene of a crime or emergency? Can you take a camera or recorder into a courtroom? These situations are common in reporting the news, and a skilled reporter or photographer needs to know their rights and responsibilities. The internet has blurred some of the lines about what plagiarism is and isn’t, but journalists still have some hard and fast rules to abide by. How can a reporter be confident that what they report about someone won’t result in a libel suit? If a reporter uses a trademarked name in a story, can the owner of the trademark sue – and win?  Answers to these and many more similar questions are addressed in this section of the WBA Newsroom.