The News Media and The Law, Fall 2013

Fall 2013
Vol. 37, No. 4

Shields, Searches, Subpoenas & Surveillance


Reining in the NSA


A shield advances

How would the federal shield bill that passed the Judiciary Committee affect journalists?

Who's who

A quick rundown of key players in recent leak cases

The shadows of the spooks

NSA surveillance efforts affect investigative reporting on a daily basis


Fighting on principle

Florida and Virginia papers win prior restraint suits


Running on transparency

A look at eight new governors we profiled in 2011 and where they are today on their open government promises

Sunshine laws and the privatization of government


Getting "dirty" online jeopardizes immunity

Federal court ruling in TheDirty defamation claim could expose website operators to greater liability


Social media creates copyright problem

Photographers struggle to recoup fees when photos go viral

A winning image goes viral, a photographer goes unpaid


Asked & Answered

The Reporters Committee attorneys discuss questions about recent issues in media law.

"Open & Shut"

A collection of notable quotations

Sources & Citations