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Media Law in the Digital Age

Media Law in the Digital Age

When it comes to media, the rules are changing at a faster pace than ever. The question is…have you?

This Saturday, October 22, the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University‘s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, in conjunction with The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, will present Media Law in the Digital Age, a one-day conference that will explore the critical issues around media law for anyone who publishes online content, works in digital media, or is interested in how technology has influenced journalism and law.

The conference begins with an opening plenary session titled “New Developments in Digital Media Law and What They Mean”, featuring David McCraw (Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for The New York Times Company) and Lucy Dalglish (Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press). McCraw and Dalglish will also discuss the current landscape of the public press in the aftermath of the Wikileaks saga.

Other sessions on the docket include “Apps and Wireless: New Platforms for Online Content Providers and Journalists”, “Social Media and Its Legal Implications: Where Your Personal Life Meets Journalism”, and “Is Recording in Public a Crime? Mobile Devices and Newsgathering”. Visit the MLDA Conference website for a full list of speakers as well as the conference’s schedule.

Registration is still open for the conference, and the price of admission includes a free networking lunch with speakers and attendees. You can also follow the conversation about the conference online using the #MLDA11 hashtag, or by following The Center for Sustainable Journalism on Facebook or Twitter.

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Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism

Kennesaw State University's Center for Sustainable Journalism

    While there are several universities across the country with active journalism departments, Kennesaw State University offers something a little different when it comes to educating not just their students, but to the public as well. Imagine a center that upholds the journalistic ideals of ethics, responsibility, and an unbiased objective, but also fosters civic engagement and collective action. This is Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism. 

    Founded in 2009, The Center for Sustainable Journalism is the brainchild of Leonard Witt, Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University. According to a 2009 interview with KSU Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group chair in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Nikhil Moro, Witt said that the Center for Sustainable Journalism will work on two levels: the applied/practical, and the academic.

    1. The Center will be an incubator, economic engine and nurturer of new, sustainable models for high quality, ethically sound journalism. The goal will be to produce projects that will be spun off into stand-alone nonprofit or for-profit entities.

    2. The Center will be part of Kennesaw State University where it will reflect the university’s educational mission of teaching, mentoring, coaching, service and applied research in a global environment. That includes working with undergraduates, developing new courses, building a graduate program and producing bodies of research and evaluative tools related to the projects developed and to applied media innovation and information economics in general.

    The Center currently operates from a $1.5 million endowment by the Harnisch Foundation. Building upon the Foundation’s principles of sustainable social change and innovation in journalism, the Center plans to “test a stream of journalism projects that aim to break the stranglehold of traditional media,” according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. One way the Center does this is through three annual conferences in the metro Atlanta area: The Social Media Integration Conference, Media Law in the Digital Age, and SoCon. SoCon is particularly popular with Atlanta journalists, drawing reporters from local and regional news outlets, as well as news executives such as CNN‘s Victor Hernandez. (Click here for highlights from Hernandez’s keynote address at SoCon in 2011.)

    Find out more about The Center for Sustainable Journalism at You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.