30th annual Law & the Media seminar is Jan. 30

The 2016 Law and the Media seminar, “On Camera, All the Time: Law and Ethics in the Age of Concealed, Cellular and Body Cameras,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto St. (6th floor), Houston, Texas 77002-7006.

Registration is free to journalists, communication professionals and students. To register, fill out and submit the 2016 Law and the Media Registration Form. Continental breakfast is included.

The 30th Law & the Media Seminar features journalists, attorneys and newsmakers discussing the impact of mobile technology on law enforcement, traditional and “new” media, citizen journalism, and social and political activism..

The keynote speaker will be Ryan J. Reilly, who is a Washington, D.C.-based reporter who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court for the Huffington Post. He has covered federal law enforcement and legal news since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and MainJustice.com. A former Congressional Intern, Mr. Reilly is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Media Arts. Mr. Reilly will appear via Skype from Washington.

The first panel – “Undercover “Sting” Videos and Citizen Journalists – will explore these questions: Are the laws different for advocacy groups, traditional news media, or activist citizens? Are shield laws available, or should they be? Trespass or wiretapping concerns? Do nondisclosure agreements work? What are the ethics in recording and editing? See the 2016 Law the Media Brochure for panelists details.

The second panel – “How Pervasive Video Affects Law Enforcement and Citizen Rights” – will explore these questions: Are there limits on the right to record the police? Are citizens’ rights coextensive with rights of the news media? How are rights of access balanced with crime scene control? What are police policies on citizen videos and body cams? Is there a “reasonable expectation of privacy” anywhere? See the 2016 Law the Media Brochure for panelists details.

The program is co-sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, the Society of Professional Journalists (Houston chapter) and the Houston Press Club.


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