About Us

 
 

Serving a Free Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced an unprecedented wave of government subpoenas forcing reporters to name confidential sources. Today it provides pro bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists.

Funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions, the Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations; thousands of reporters, editors, and media lawyers; and many more who use our online and mobile resources. For updates on our work, sign up for our email list, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Among the services that the Reporters Committee and its attorneys offer are:

  • Reporters Committee staff attorneys undertake litigation and other direct representations in matters that involve First Amendment, press freedom, freedom of information, or court access issues.
     
  • A Legal Defense Hotline manned by Reporters Committee attorneys that is available to working journalists and media lawyers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Amicus Briefs and Statements of Support both alone and in conjunction with major news and transparency organizations.  The Reporters Committee or its attorneys are involved in more than 30 briefs each year that are filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and in federal and state courts. The Reporters Committee is a voice for the right to freely gather and disseminate information in any form.
  • Publications and Resources available free online on topics ranging from state and federal open government laws, access to electronic records, reporters’ shield laws around the country, access to court documents and proceedings, and more.
  • Rapid Responses to reporter inquiries on media law stories.
  • Special Events Reporters Hotlines for reporters who might encounter difficulties covering events such as presidential inaugurals, Olympics, political party conventions and the like.

 

 

Learn more about the Reporters Committee in the following video, produced for us by the Giving Library.