2013 Law and the Media Workshop

Fifty journalists from newsrooms across Metro Vancouver attended the 2013 Law and the Media Workshop at the Law Society Building in Vancouver on May 29.

The workshop is an annual Law Society event for news reporters, editors, producers and other newsroom staff. It ­examines the relationship between journalism, the legal system and the law, in addition to exploring the latest trends and developments in defamation and media law.

The Law Society produces the event with the help of the Jack Webster ­Foundation and Daniel Burnett of Owen Bird Law Corporation.

The 2013 event was titled, “Major crimes and mega trials: covering police, criminals and the courts in the 21st century.” It examined a fictional scenario involving an organized crime boss and underling who were charged with murder.

The 90-minute panel discussion opened with a mock news release from the police department announcing the arrests of the two gangsters, and ended with guilty pleas from both accused. Along the way, it explored the legal pitfalls of news-gathering and reporting, including how best to deal with confidential information, anonymous sources, publication bans, bail hearings and tweeting from the courtroom.

Sitting on the panel were media lawyers Burnett and Michael Skene of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Global National news director Doriana Temolo and The Province newspaper deputy editor Ros Guggi.

The event was recorded and will be posted to the Law Society’s website and YouTube channel.

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