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INN Friends Present: Reporters Committee Local Legal Initiative
October 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-4
INN and LION members are invited to join the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for an information session on RCFP's Local Legal Initiative, a new program placing lawyers in five cities across the U.S. in 2020. RCFP is seeking for proposals from news organizations for a lawyer to be placed in their city. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 31, 2019.
About the Initiative:
A growing number of local and regional news organizations and journalists lack the legal support they need to pursue enterprise and investigative stories in their communities. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is helping to change that.
With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Reporters Committee is expanding to provide direct legal services to more journalists at the local level. For the first time in our 50-year history, multiple Reporters Committee lawyers will be based in different locations across the country to support local enterprise and investigative journalism.
The Reporters Committee will employ a lawyer in up to five jurisdictions in 2020 to help local journalists and news organizations defend their rights to gather and report the news, gain access to public records and court proceedings, and hold state and local government agencies and officials accountable.
Submit a proposal here: https://www.rcfp.org/local/
Register for the webinar here.