media workshopLaw Society puts on workshop for journalists

Approximately 30 journalists attended the 2012 media workshop held in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University on May 16. Get the story, avoid the legal traps used a fictitious breaking news story to help journalists gain the tools and insight they need to enhance their legal reporting.

In a survey of participating journalists, 77% agreed and 23% strongly agreed that the workshop will enhance their coverage of legal stories or stories with legal issues. One news director who travelled from Kelowna for the workshop said, “extremely valuable. Thank you!” A local Kamloops newspaper journalist described the workshop as “very educational and entertaining.”

The Law Society puts these workshops on 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.

The panellists for this year’s workshop were Sandy Heimlich-Hall, Assistant News Director at Kamloops’ CFJC TV7 and media lawyers Dan Burnett and David Sutherland. It was moderated by the Law Society’s Dana Bales.

Watch for a video of the workshop on the Law Society’s website, where more information about these annual workshops can also be found (click on Newsroom).