Law and the Media Workshop
Approximately 50 journalists attended a media workshop at the Law Society building on June 22. Additional journalists outside of the Vancouver area joined via teleconference. Socially sound, legally smart: the legal implications for journalism of an on-line age marked the first event where the Law Society used live tweeting — the tweets can be found on Twitter’s website under the hashtag #bcmedialaw.
The Law Society puts these workshops on each year in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation to contribute to the Benchers’ strategic objective of effective education of the public; the workshops help journalists have a better understanding of the justice system and legal issues so they can produce knowledgeable and accurate reporting for their audiences. One journalist who traveled from Kamloops to attend the workshop described the discussion as “valuable.”
This year’s workshop explored the legal implications of social media and other “new” media technology for journalism. The panellists were Mr. Justice Geoffrey Gaul of the BC Supreme Court, Kim Bolan, a Vancouver Sun journalist and blogger, Theresa Lalonde, a social media trainer and CBC Radio and TV reporter and media lawyers Robert Anderson, QC and Dan Burnett.
More information about these annual workshops can be found on the Law Society website (click on Newsroom).