Law and Media Conference

2016 Law and Media Conference recap

The Law and Media Conference on Oct. 14, 2016, brought together journalists, lawyers, academics, judges and others for a day-long discussion of hot media law​ topics.

Check out the 2016 Law and Media Conference video playlist for complete sessions covering a variety of topics.


For a look back at the October 14, 2016, conference:


Plenary: "Dark Money" and "Legalized Lying": How Have They Shaped the 2016 Campaign? [video]

Description: Federal and state laws permit candidates to use "dark money" from undisclosed sources" and to lie about opponents without fear of a "false statement" penalty. Campaign experts, journalists and legal analysts discussed how voters can separate truth from fiction.

Workshop A: SLAPPs and Anti-SLAPP Remedies: What You Need to Know [video]
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are civil complaints that discourage people from speaking out about public matters. Panelists discussed SLAPPs and Ohio's legislative and judicial efforts to create anti-SLAPP remedies. 

Workshop B: FERPA Frustration: When Education Records and Open Records Conflict
Description: ​School officials at all levels routinely deny public records requests based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Are these denials justified? Courts and advocates disagree.
Workshop C: Social Media in Elections: The Impact of the Twitter Campaign 
Description:  Attendees learned how political candidates' and campaign-covering journalists' rising use of  social media is impacting elections. The panel also provided an update on recent related legal issues.

Description:  There's a growing consensus that the use of police body cameras has value, but their deployment opens a Pandora's box. Panelists discussed related open records issues, including when and how recordings should be available to the public.

Workshop E: The First Amendment Right to Anonymous Speech  
Description: This panel discussed the important role of anonymous speech in political and social discourse, as well as the various issues associated with journalists' use of anonymous sources.
Workshop F: Public Records Update
Description: This session provided an update of case law and legislation impacting public records in Ohio. Panelists discussed current and relevant public record issues confronting journalists and the courts.
Description: Have the obligations of public universities, traditionally defined by the First Amendment and state/federal access laws, changed? Do student privacy rights--whether granted by FERPA or otherwise--override the obligation to produce records?
Workshop H: Covering News Events Live with Facebook Live, Periscope & Snapchat: No Filter? No Editor? No Problem? 
Description:  An evolving media and technology landscape has resulted in more live and unedited video. This panel discussed ethics and journalism quality issues as well as what viewers should expect of reporters hosting these feeds.

Workshop I: Open Meetings Act Fines, Invalidation and Removal from Office: The Neglected Stepchildren of Sunshine Law Enforcement   
Description: Some public bodies play Russian Roulette with basic Open Meetings Act violations. The penalties are tougher for open meetings violations than for public records--so why aren't more open meetings cases being brought?
Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
​Graydon Head
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Newspaper Association
Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Chapter
Mark R. Weaver, Esq.




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