Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Judges to discuss social media and courts

The U.S. District Court in San Francisco is inviting reporters to a free half-day conference Nov. 4 titled "How Blogs, Twitter and Social Media are Changing Legal Reporting."

The conference includes two panel discussions:
    "1:15 p.m. -- Media Mania and the Courts: With "old media" imploding and the "new media" exploding, just who is reporting on the courts these days and how are they doing it? What should judges and courts expect from the new media? Join a distinguished panel in discussing how court coverage is changing and what that means for accuracy and access."

    Panelists include
      • U.S. District Judge Susan Illston;
      • attorney Kelli Sager;
      • Peter Scheer, California First Amendment Coalition executive director;
      • Jim Bettinger director, Knight Fellowship Program at Stanford, and
      • blogger Melissa Griffin of TheSweetMelissa.com.

    "3 p.m. -- Blogging, Tweeting: New Media in the Courtroom: Who qualifies as a journalist and does it really matter anymore? Are bloggers the new court reporters? How have courts responded to the challenge of instant reporting via wireless communications devices? Join a judge, a working journalist, legal blogger and Internet law expert in a discussion of new media in the courtroom."

    Panelists include
      • U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel;
      • Eric Goldman, associate professor and blogger, Santa Clara University Law School;
      • Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director, Electronic Frontier Foundation;
      • Howard Mintz, legal affairs writer, San Jose Mercury News
Here are links for more information and to register.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking about attending this, but if they spend more than 5 minutes trying to "define" a journalist, I'm walking out. The way the courts work, they give special access to journalists, whether it's looking at case files or seats in a courtroom. Journalists should be treated no differently than the public, and it shouldn't matter in the eyes of the court who is a reporter and who is just a citizen exercising their constitutional right to access the courthouse.