Protect yourself now: The independent writer’s legal guide to contracts, clauses & conundrums

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Victoria Baranetsky of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Art Neill of New Media Rights
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 25 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Sonoran B-D
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Bad contracts and predatory publishers are chilling independent investigative journalism, and other legal dangers pose major threats to freelancers and book authors. But you can fight back. We’ll teach you how to negotiate with clients and make sure your reporting doesn’t get you arrested. Plus: In an IRE 2017 exclusive, we’ll release the results of a survey of independent writers about how indemnity clauses are making them rethink sensitive investigative projects.

Speaker Bios

  • Vickie Baranetsky is the first staff member of the Reporters Committee on the West Coast. She works on the intersection of technology and journalism. Previously, Baranetsky was an attorney at the Wikimedia Foundation and the First Amendment Fellow at the New York Times. Baranetsky is a graduate of Columbia J-School, Harvard Law School and Oxford University. Baranetsky writes for several publications about the First Amendment. @vdbaranetsky

  • Founder of New Media Rights, Art specializes in internet, intellectual property, privacy, and media law. A professor at California Western School of Law, Art teaches Internet & Social Media Law as well as the Internet & Media Law Clinic. Art served three terms on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee. He is the author of Don’t Panic

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