The News Media and The Law, Spring 2013

Spring 2013
Vol. 37, No. 2

Is Justice turning its back on journalists?

Subpoenas, search warrants for reporters’ records raise alarms


AP subpoena, Fox News search warrant demonstrate need for a federal shield law


Journalism advocates calling for federal legislation in wake of phone records, email seizures

Bloggers fight for status as journalists

With buzz about a federal shield law, bloggers want protection, too


Drone journalism begins slow take off

Ethical, legal issues abound as drones contemplated for newsgathering


Questions linger over impact of McBurney v. Young decision

Supreme Court decision is seen as major setback to public records access, but impact of decision could be limited

Courts lock up public databases

Copyright, other proprietary concerns used to withhold public records

How I got the story: Alexandra Zayas

Pulitzer Prize finalist shares how she used records to uncover decades of abuse at a number of children's homes in Florida


U.S. Supreme Court decision keeps coalition group from challenging new international surveillance law

Pretrial publicity's limited effect on the right to a fair trial

Trials of Boston Marathon bombing and Colorado movie shooting suspects likely to bring up debate again

Update: cameras in the courtroom

Illinois and Utah welcome cameras to state courts


Asked and Answered

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

"Open & Shut"

A collection of notable quotations

Sources and Citations