News Release
October 05, 2017


  • October 25, 2017: The workshop is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, email
  • October 16, 2017: There has been a change to one of the panellists

Vancouver, October 5, 2017 – The Law Society and the Jack Webster Foundation present Moving targets and lost control: legal implications of social media, the 2017 Law and the Media Workshop. The annual Law and the Media Workshop offers an opportunity for journalists to refresh and enhance their knowledge of the laws around reporting and journalism.

The workshop will follow challenges faced by journalists as they navigate issues of reliability, copyright and control when researching and publishing in a social media environment. The workshop will explore questions such as, how do you assess the reliability of online information? When the story is a sensation, how do you manage runaway comments, re-posting, photo-grabbing and an onslaught of unknown tipsters? How can you fix an error that has gone viral?

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Doors open: 6 pm (pizza is served)
Workshop: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Law Society of BC, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver (9th floor)

Meet our panellists:

  • Dan Burnett, QC, media lawyer, Owen Bird Law Corporation
  • Wendy Cox, British Columbia and Alberta editor, The Globe and Mail
  • Ludmila Herbst, QC, partner and litigator, Farris, Vaughn, Wills & Murphy LLP
  • Kirk LaPointe, Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver Media Group; Vice President, Glacier Media; Vice President, Audience and Business Development, Business in Vancouver; radio host, Roundhouse Radio; and adjunct professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism

Admission is free but space is limited. To register, contact the Jack Webster Foundation at 604.261.6184 or with your name, media organization and contact information.

The Law Society of British Columbia upholds and protects the public interest in the administration of justice by ensuring the independence, integrity and competence of lawyers, establishing education and professional development standards for lawyers, regulating the practice of law and preserving and protecting the rights and freedoms of all persons.


For further information contact:

Vinnie Yuen
Communications Officer


David Jordan
Communications Officer