Protect Yourself: Legal and risk-management (Sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Investigative News Network and IRE)
- Event: 2012 IRE Conference
- Speakers: TBA
- Date/Time: Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m.
- Location: Salon A-B
- Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio
The Digital Media Law Project will lead a session examining the legal parameters of tax-exempt journalism, including: designing organizations that qualify for federal tax relief and tax-deductible donations; keeping a nonprofit organization afloat while waiting for an IRS determination on tax-exempt status; operating a journalism organization within the boundaries of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and legal assistance and risk management techniques. The Digital Media Law Project is based at Harvard University and has provided valuable assistance to several INN members over the past year.
Forming and Operating a Tax-Exempt Journalism Organization
Hermes extensively lays out what it means to be a tax-exempt journalism organization and the history behind it and provides legal resources for anyone interested in starting their own nonprofit center.