News Law Training

Space is limited. Register Early.

wvpressSponsored by the West Virginia University School of Journalism, WVU School of Law and West Virginia Press Association

No West Virginia journalist or newsgathering operation—print, broadcast or online—can afford to miss this opportunity.

Four workshops provide key information about:

  • Defamation law, avoiding lawsuits and handling complaints
  • Privacy considerations for newspeople
  • How to use FOIA and other laws to access government
  • special legal issues for online and social media
  • Avoiding and handling subpoenas


  • Robert M. Bastress Jr., John W. Fisher II Professor of Law at WVU College of Law
  • Patrick McGinley, Judge Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at WVU
  • Sean McGinley, DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC
  • Ken Ward Jr., Award-winning reporter for The Charleston Gazette


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  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: WVU’s Downtown Campus, Martin Hall, 1511 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26501 View Larger Map
  • Cost: $10 per person for WVPA member organizations and WVU students; $15 for all others. (lunch and continental breakfast included)
  • Deadline: Noon, Monday, Oct. 21. All registration must be paid in advance. Space is limited.
  • Register: Register below or contact WVPA Executive Director Don Smith at [email protected] or 304-342-1011, ext. 160.


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