This year, the Journalism Broadcast & New Media Internship & Career Fairfeatured a series of informational webinars.  The webinars were webcast in the days leading up to the Career Fair, and were aimed at making the Fair experience more enjoyable, productive and worthwhile. The topics ranged from how to find valuable internships, to career counseling and success stories from recent alumni, as well as webinars from knowledgeable people on interestingissues to aspiring journalists.


These webinars were sponsored by MEDIA LAW RESOURCE CENTER, INC. (MLRC) is a non-profit professional association for content providers in all media, and for their defense lawyers, providing a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues.  These include news and analysis of legal, legislative and regulatory developments; litigation resources andpractice guides; and national and international media law conferences and meetings. MLRC also works with its membership to respond to legislative andpolicy proposals, and speaks to the press and public on media law and FirstAmendment issues.


MLRC was founded in 1980 by leading American publishers and broadcasters to assist in defending and protecting free press rights under the First Amendment. Today MLRC is supported by over one hundred and ten members, including America’s leading publishers, broadcasters, and cable programmers, internet operations, media and professional trade associations, and media insurance professionals. The MLRC’s Defense Counsel Section includes more than 200 law firms in the United States, and around the world, that specialize in media defense representation.


Below are the Webinar video recording links, along with their original abstracts:


Reporters' Privilege
(Recorded Thursday, October 27, 2011)

With George Freeman, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Co.  Mr. Freeman is on the Adjunct Faculty, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and also teaches at Columbia and NYU.   He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn about reporters’ privilege from one of the leading authorities on the subject.  George Freeman, a frequent lecturer on First Amendment issues, is an expert on the legal and ethical issues that journalists face today.  His webinar will focus on the history and context of reporters’ privilege.  This webinar will give you a first hand look at the very best practices used by journalists and it is an opportunity to focus on a cornerstone issue of journalism.

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Libel 101
(Recorded Friday, October 29, 2011

With Washington, D.C. attorney Michael Rothberg, a litigation partner with DowLohnes who focuses primarily on media law. Mr. Rothberg counsels media companies on liability risks in connection with investigative and other high-risk reporting, subpoena and access issues and litigates libel, invasion of privacy, newsgathering, and others suits in state and federal courts throughout the nation.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Washington University.

“Libel 101” is a good chance to get a basic understanding of libel law and what it means for reporters.  As a frequent lecturer on libel law, the First Amendment and privacy, Mr. Rothberg will cover those issues in this webinar.  Learn from a media law expert what libel, defamation and privacy means for today’s journalists.  Libel 101 is also an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in libel law and how those trends may impact Internet journalists.

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Get Real for the Real World of Broadcast News
(Recorded Tuesday October 25th, 2011)
With Mr. Winston Mitchell, Manager/News Director, Video/Transit Transit News Magazine.
Learn how to prepare for a broadcast job; get the behind-the-scenes story on how a real broadcast operation works; learn about the value of internships and find an internship that will get you hands-on experience in broadcast news. Transit Transit News Magazine is an Award winning show and the #1 government television program in the country.  Seen in 22 million homes, the 30-minute show can be seen everyday on PBS and on 30 cable stations in the New York tri-state area.  The show features interesting places,things to do, history, science, mass transit issues and employee communications.  Transit Transit News Magazine offers an internship program where students can field produce, shoot, edit, write scripts and go on-air as reporters.  There are spring, summer and fall internships available.

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