Don’t Tweet from Court and Other Tips from the Digital Journalist’s Legal Guide – 10,000 Words

Via Scoop.itJournalism and Internet

Are you grappling with how to protect the identities of anonymous posters? Legally speaking, can you even do that? Now, help is just a click away. On Monday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press unveiled the new Digital Journalist’s Legal Guide. If you haven’t bookmarked it yet, do so. Right now.

The Reporters Committee said the guide is “designed to assist anyone who is disseminating news online, from an independent blogger to a reporter for a major media outlet, as well as media lawyers active in this area.” The interactive reference is divided into three main topics — gathering news and getting information; protecting and defending your work; and knowing the legal restrictions. Each is then broken down into specific subjects, such as libel or access to courts; questions; recent relevant news articles; links; and comments. It will also be continually updated as digital journalism evolves.
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