WNA offering 15 scholarships to Media Law for Journalists workshop

The WNA is offering 15 scholarships to attend the Media Law for Journalists workshop being held Oct. 26 at the Chicago Tribune.

The scholarships will be awarded to the first 15 respondents and will include the $20 registration fee (includes breakfast and lunch) and a $50 stipend to assist in covering miscellaneous expenses to be determined by the attendee.

The session is next Thursday, Oct. 26 – Please respond to this invitation by emailing beth.bennett@wnanews.com no later than Friday, Oct. 20.

The WNA will assume the responsibility for completing your registration.  The $50 stipend will be sent to each WNA attendee in time for the trip to Chicago next week.

Event details are below. 

Media Law for Journalists  

Workshop and Roundtable

Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Chicago Tribune

Tribune Tower – Campbell Hall
435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

A workshop for freelancers, bloggers, reporters, editors in print, digital or video spaces, photographers, documentarians, podcasters.  Must have guidance for journalists who do not have the benefit of a legal department.

Top media lawyers will give practical advice to stay clear of costly libel and privacy suits; not commit torts while newsgathering; navigate the reporter source relationship; avoid copyright traps; and learn about digital media law.

Editors and writers from local news outlets, including Jim Warren, former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, will have a lively roundtable discussion to share tips and strategies on career paths and story pitches.

Admission is $20 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Questions: 212.337.0200 x202 | medialaw@medialaw.org


Schedule (subject to change)

9:00-9:30 Registration and Breakfast

9:30-9:35 Introduction

9:35-11:20 How Can Journalists Get into Trouble for Their Content
George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center

Ryan Jacobson, SmithAmundsen
Karen Flax, Chicago Tribune

11:20-11:35 Break

11:35-12:35 Newsgathering Torts
Natalie Spears, Dentons U.S.
Chuck Sennet, Tribune Media Co.

12:35-1:00 Freedom of Information & Illinois Public Records
Brendan Healey, Mandell Menkes

1:00-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Editorial Roundtable
Jim Warren, Poynter/Vanity Fair, Former Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune
Margaret Holt, Standards Editor, Chicago Tribune
Robert Jordan, Former Anchor, WGN-TV

2:45-3:45 Relationship with Sources and the Reporters’ Privilege
Steven Mandell, Mandell Menkes
David Sanders, Jenner & Block

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-5:30 Copyright and Digital Media
Sam Fifer, Dentons U.S.
Chuck Sennet, Tribune Media Co.

Blaine Kimrey, Vedder Price