IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to all television journalists and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.
In this workshop, learn how to navigate legal issues in your newsroom from media lawyers at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Attorneys will lead sessions on navigating public records laws, vetting your stories for libel and privacy issues before publication, and knowing your legal rights while covering protests.
Expected speakers include:
This program is made possible thanks to support from Knight Foundation.
The first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops will get a free one-year IRE membership or renewal!
If you are already an IRE member, you'll receive a renewal after the workshop. If you are not a member, you'll receive a new membership after the event if you meet IRE membership requirements.
Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series. Membership value is $70 for professionals and $25 for students.
Cancellations must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.
Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR
Speakers: Adam Marshall of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
You want it. They have it. How do you get it? In this session,we'll discuss the best ways to get to "yes." We'll also help you tackle common roadblocks, including excessive fee estimates, broken deadlines and other shenanigans.
Take a break or grab a snack and spend time getting to know your fellow IRE members during this informal networking session.
Speakers: Sarah Matthews of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
Vetting your own stories will help you lower your legal costs, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a new guide to help you with that. We'll focus on the fair reporting privilege, libel and privacy, among other issues.
Speakers: Shannon Jankowski of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
Journalists have been assaulted, arrested, and had their reportering gear confiscated or damaged simply for doing their jobs during protests.This session will focus on the legal strategies you need to know when covering protests, how to minimize your risk of a run-in with police and how to deal with it if it does happen. We'll also break into groups to discuss incidents you or your colleagues have faced and brainstorm strategies on how it might have been avoided.
The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.