If you've ever been confused about what's legal to print and what legal rights you have as an online journalist, this is the blog for you.
We just got word the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has released its new Digital Journalist's Legal Guide, available free online.
The media guide covers a wide array of topics, from sources/subpoenas to libel to copyright law. There are some interesting pages on issues rarely covered widely, such as how much content should journalists take when they link to a story.
The guide also answers questions such as: Are you worried about how to present what may be personal yet newsworthy details in a news story? Also, have you been kept out of a news scene because you've been denied credentials? That section will offer some answers.
Each topic also includes news articles the Committee had previously published in relation to the subject at hand. It's almost daunting to see how many posts they've published on legal issues and journalism.
Note that the Committee is based out of the US, so its policies pertain to American journalists mainly. And the guide is quick to note it is "meant to help educate you about your rights, and is not meant to be taken as legal advice from an attorney or a substitute for direct consultation with an attorney."
What did you find useful about this guide? Got any other questions the guide didn't answer?