As a start-up nonprofit journalism organization, it’s important to be aware of legal risks. In collaboration with the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Hub has created a Frequently Asked Questions page on legal risks. We have updated our Legal FAQ to feature two new sections: Accessing Government Records and Newsgathering and Privacy Concerns.
For example, some questions to think about: Do you know when to file a FOIA request for public records? Do you know what kind of court records you have access to? Can you record public meetings or phone conversations? What legal protections do you have in regards to your sources and source materials? What legal issues do you need to be aware of when you are working with private information for a news story? Check out the FAQ page to find out answers to these valuable questions and more.