Tag: policies

Legal and Ethical Questions to Consider When Creating an Online Presence

Legal and Ethical Questions to Consider When Creating an Online Presence

| May 14, 2010

Weighing benefits and negatives of legal and ethical considerations before creating an online presence is an important part of expanding student media’s outreach. Sarah Nichols made strong points with her recent Checklist for Digital Media for advisers to use to get ready for next year. I’d like to briefly piggyback on that with some points […]

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Moving to the Internet – 10 Stops along the way to ensure success

Moving to the Internet – 10 Stops along the way to ensure success

| May 11, 2010

Moving online seems like the thing to do these days. The professional media has seen the need and high school media staffs each week proclaim their new digital presence to their readers. I think it would be safe to say it’s a place everyone wants to be – it’s just a little scary because the […]

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‘Comments are Closed.’ Whether to allow online commentary not always easy choice.

‘Comments are Closed.’ Whether to allow online commentary not always easy choice.

| March 11, 2010

Like many journalistic Web sites, the HiLite Online allows readers to comment on stories. The process of how we post those comments and what legal ramifications, if any, staffs assume that post those comments have been discussed in other articles both on this site and via the Student Press Law Center. This article, on the […]

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RTDNA releases social media and blogging guidelines for journalists

RTDNA releases social media and blogging guidelines for journalists

| February 15, 2010

How should professional journalists deal with their Tweets, Facebook entries and Blogs?  When do you run photo or videos from outside sources? What can a journalist write on a personal blog? The Radio Television Digital News Association just released new Social Media and Blogging Guidelines for its professional journalists. It’s already created a lot of […]

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The three ‘P’s of online legal issues

The three ‘P’s of online legal issues

| January 28, 2009

Those thinking about expanding their student media outreach need to keep three concepts in mind:  three Ps of online legal issues. Policy When you design editorial guidelines for your digital media, create them as equivalents with your print or broadcast media. You do not want separate and unequal designations of rights and responsibilities, especially if […]

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You don’t need permission to run photos in your web news publication

You don’t need permission to run photos in your web news publication

| January 28, 2009

Do you need permission to run photographs in your print news publication? No? Then you don’t need it for online pictures either. Student journalists have every right to publish online photos they would otherwise use in their print publications. The fact that those pictures can be seen by a larger, potentially worldwide group is not […]

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Web and Print Legal guidelines are the same

Web and Print Legal guidelines are the same

| January 28, 2009

The law as it applies to scholastic news Web sites comes down to one guideline: The courts make no distinction between print publications and their online counterparts. So many shareholders will tell you the law is different, that somehow the rules are altered for Web publications. Those shareholders – administrators, community members, etc. – will […]

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