News Law Project

Visit the News Law Project to see our guidance on cutting edge newsgathering legal questions, with a special focus on New Jersey.

Digital startups and citizen journalists are plugging the news hole — getting the public important information and keeping the powerful accountable.  If you are providing content for this new information ecosystem, thank you!  You’ve probably run into basic legal questions, such as whether you can post video you captured or whether you need to take down video that has bothered someone.  These are standard newsgathering law questions.

We saw that need and thought we could help, while also training the next generation of legal professionals that can advise journalists.  Here’s what we’re doing:  students, under the supervision of Professor Ellen P. Goodman, are tackling the most common newsgathering law questions from a New Jersey perspective.  And they’re preparing FAQs.  Our goal is not to give you the answers to particular legal questions.  We can’t do that.  Instead, we’re trying to give a sense of the legal terrain — ways to think about your question.

This is not legal advice.  For that, you’ll have to go to a licensed attorney.  We are only dealing with generalities and providing basic information about how the law works in these areas.  If you have more specific questions, you should consult a lawyer.

Here’s what we need from you:  more questions and your experiences!  So, we’ve provided comment space after each question for you to add new questions and share your experiences.  We hope that you can learn from each other.

Thanks to the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation for funding this effort.